Bloomsbury May 21 Photograph Auction Results

. May 29, 2009

Bloomsbury’s Photographs sale of 21st May kicked off to a good start with the sought after photogravures of Alfred Stieglitz, the man responsible for making photography an accepted art form.

man-ray.jpgLot 1 consisted of six photogravures from 1911 and they fetched £5160 (estimated £3000-4000); the twelve photogravures from Camera Work of 1916 (lot 4) made over double the high estimate, selling for £7200.

The group of signed and dated Christmas Cards by Angus McBean (lots 96-100) each ‘starring’ himself, were fine examples of his experimental use of multiple exposures, surreal influences and playful humour. Lot 100 showed McBean’s smiling head resting on a wooden staircase next to a bucket and mop; published in 1947 it made £1800 a record for a self portrait. A beautiful gelatine silver print, Larmes by Man Ray made double the lower estimate and sold for £1560 (lot 113)while lot 124 Portrait of Erica Brausen 1931by Florence Henri fetched £3600 three times the higher estimate.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, lots 150 and 151 of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro by Osvaldo Salas and Alberto Korda exceeded expectations by selling for £1020 (estimate £400-600) and £5760 respectively, the latter far over its estimate of £400-600. Also of historical interest was lot 269 which consisted of two albums by William Baker & John Burke of the Black Mountain Campaign (Hazara) 1891which was fought in the North West Frontier Province of India. Containing a number of striking portraits as well panoramas this lot made £4080 four times the higher estimate.

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