On Monday night, I joined Mrs. New York Portraits at Sotheby's for the photography auction.
Edward Weston's Nude Sells For $1.6 Million at Sotheby's Setting a New Record For The Artist
This evening at Sotheby’s, before a packed salesroom, the sale of The Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs, a connoisseur’s collection of 68 rare and unique images ranging in date from 1847 to 1985, sold for $8,901,350 far exceeding the high estimate (est. $4.6/7 million) and setting records for nineteen artists.
Ninety-two percent of the lots sold tonight achieved prices at or above their pre-sale estimates.
Highlighting the sale was Edward Weston’s Nude, from 1925, which was the object of a heated battle between two bidders, finally selling, to applause, to Peter MacGill of the Pace-MacGill Gallery for $1,609,000, far above its high estimate and setting a new record for the artist at auction