| NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPH AUCTIONTOTAL $6,015,000 / €5,499,429 / £4,910,204|
The top lot across both the morning and day sessions was Helmut Newton (1920-2004) Panoramic Nude, Woman with Gun, Villa d’Este, Como, 1989, which realized $399,000. Another highlight of the 2 October sale included László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), From the Radio Tower, Berlin, 1928, which realized $275,000. Additional standout results were achieved for works by Peter Beard (b. 1938) including World-Class Black Rhino, Aberdare Forest, 1972, which realized $250,000 against its pre-sale estimate of $40,000 – 60,00 and Large tusker (c. 150 lbs per side), Tsavo North, near hunting block 33/ Ithumber Hill on the Athi-Tiva dry river, February, 1965, which achieved $225,000 against its pre-sale estimate of $40,000 – 60,000. Additionally, Beard’s Orphaned Cheetah Cubs, Mweiga, Kenya, 1968, realized $250,000.
Setting an auction record for the artist was William Wegman (b.1943) On and On, 2015, which sold for $50,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $12,000 – 18,000. This brightly colored set of four archival pigment prints was part of a special group of photographs sold to benefit Aperture Foundation’s capital campaign to raise funds to purchase a new headquarters in New York. The grouping of works — which were generously donated by artists, collectors, gallerists, and Aperture board members — realized a total of $716,500.