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Monday, October 02, 2006

The Price of Photos... Take a Look!!!!!!

Photo New York runs from Thursday October 5 through Sunday October 8th at Metropolitan Pavilion. Visit the website to view the select list of exhibitors and a series of seminars offering collectors opportunities to refine their approach.

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Aperture, a leading publisher of books on photography, limited edition prints, and more, is hosting an all-day seminar on Sunday October 15th. Presentations by six prominent collectors, each in dialog with a curator or writer of their choosing, offer new and experienced collectors an opportunity to hear a variety of authoritative views on photography. Among the experts on hand will be Adam Weinberg (Whitney Museum of American Art), Winston Naef (Getty Museum), Alison Nordstrom (George Eastman House), W.M. Hunt (Hasted Hunt Gallery), Vince Aletti (New Yorker), and Lesley Martin (Aperture).

With the world record sale of a contemporary photograph last November at Christie's (Untitled [Cowboy] 1989, by Richard Prince, which went for $1,248,000), the Fall 2006 photography auctions promise to bring even more excitement to the art of collecting. The more than 350 lots at Christie's include works from the early days of the medium until now, including a portrait of Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe (above - estimate: $200,000 to $300,000), and a 1950 platinum print fashion image by Irving Penn, with a similarly high estimate. Viewing: October 14-17. Auction: October 17, 18.

High points from Sotheby's fall catalog include Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (estimate: $150,000 to $250,000); Edward Weston, Study of a Nude, 1922 (platinum print, estimate: $250,000 to $350,000) and Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (estimate: $120,000 to $180,00). Viewing: October 11-16. Auction: October 17.

Phillips de Pury & Company's catalog leans more toward contemporary works, with notable celebrity and fashion portraits by Annie Liebowitz, Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon, and images by hot-topic photographers Hellen Van Meene, Rineke Dijkstra, and Wolfgang Tillmans. The list of 347 items is well rounded and covers many important 20th century figures.
Viewing: October 11-18. Auction: October 18, 19.

For event details, please check websites.

Photo: Andy Warhol, 1987 by Robert Mapplethorpe © Christie's Images Ltd. 2006.