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  • 3 April 2019

RESULTS | New York Photographs Auctions Total $6,938,500

Richard Avedon (1923–2004), Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955. Image/sheet/flush mount: 49 x 40 in (124.5 x 101.6 cm). Sold for: $615,000

Daydreaming: Photographs from the Goldstein Collection | 2 April 2019 | 10:00 AM

Auction Total: $1,614,750 / €1,438,911 / £1,238,305

77% Sold by Lot / 90% Sold by Value

The top lot across all three auctions was Richard Avedon’s (1923–2004), Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955 which realized $615,000; the second highest auction price achieved for this image by Avedon. Other stellar results were achieved for Edward Steichen’s (1879–1973) Loretta Young, Hollywood, August 1931 which realized $47,000 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000 and Irving Penn’s (1917–2009) Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), NY, 1950 which realized $325,000.

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The Face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection | 2 April 2019 | 11:00 AM

Auction Total: $1,812,000 / €1,614,681 / £1,389,571

87% Sold by Lot / 82% Sold by Value

The top lots from The Face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection were two photographs by Helmut Newton (1920–2004), 'Self Portrait with Wife and Models', Paris, 1981 and 'Tied-Up Torso', Ramatuelle, 1980. Both works realized $100,000 greatly outperforming their estimates.

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Photographs | 2 April 2019 | 2:00 PM

Auction Total: $3,511,750 / €3,129,336 / £2,693,060

65% Sold by Lot 72% Sold by Value

The top lot of this afternoon’s Photographs auction was Alexander Rodchenko’s (1891–1956) Lestnitsa (Steps), 1929 which realized $281,250. Other outstanding results were achieved for Paul Strand’s (1890–1976) The Family, Luzzara, Italy from The Collection of David and Susan Barron which realized $250,000, Diane Arbus’s (1923–1971) A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. 1968 which realized $275,000 and Edward Weston’s (1886–1958) Nude on Sand, 1936 which outperformed its estimate of $70,000-90,000 and reached a total of $150,000. Richard Misrach’s (B. 1949) Untitled #328-02, 2002 sold for $125,000, setting a new world auction record for the artist.

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About Christie’s

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.