• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 6 April 2017

RESULTS: Christie's Spring Season of Photographs Totals $5,589,875

Ansel Adams (1902–1984),Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938. Gelatin silver mural print. Estimate: $300,000-500,000. Realized: $559,500

Ansel Adams (1902–1984), Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938. Gelatin silver mural print. Estimate: $300,000-500,000. Realized: $559,500

Edward Weston (1886–1958),Nude.1925 palladium print. Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Realized: $871,500

Edward Weston (1886–1958), Nude. 1925 palladium print. Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Realized: $871,500

Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs

RESULTS

The sale Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs realized $1,888,125 selling 89% by lot and 94% by value. The top lot of the sale was Edward Weston’s Nude, 1925 and realized $871,500.

 

Top Lot

Edward Weston (1886–1958)

Nude

1925 palladium print

Price Realized: $871,500

Photographs Including Property Sold to Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation

RESULTS

Photographs Including Property Sold to Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation realized a total of $3,701,750 selling 68% by lot and 71% by value. Of that total, over a quarter of a million dollars was raised to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Elton John Remarked.

“Over the past 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has worked to end the AIDS epidemic by standing up for the dignity of all people, no matter who they are, who they love, where they’re from, or what they do, and in today’s uncertain environment, our work is more important than ever before. We are profoundly grateful to all of the artists, galleries, estates, and collectors who donated the incredible pieces featured in today’s sale, to all of the auction participants, and to Christie’s for partnering with us on this important project.  Thanks to all of these wonderful friends, EJAF will be able to continue its work, helping thousands of people across the Americas and the Caribbean.”

Over both sales, Christie’s realized the three top prices that were achieved throughout the Photographs Week Sales in New York. Ansel Adams’ works performed exceptionally well with five of his works making it into the top ten prices, the top lot of the sale was Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938, which sold for $559,500.

 

Top Lot

Ansel Adams (1902–1984)

Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938

gelatin silver mural print.

Price Realized: $559,500

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