The London spring auction season coincided as in the previous two years with Photo London, much to the chagrin of the exhibitors. There were three auctions on May 18th, at Phillips, Christie's and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, and two auctions at Sotheby's on May 19th. The prices in the auction stories below all include buyer's premiums. The pound, which due to the recent U.K. elections, has been fluctuating all over the place, is currently at an interbank rate of about $1.28 to the pound sterling.
The articles below detail the results at each auction house.
Michael Diemar is a London-based collector and consultant. He is also editor-in-chief of The Classic, a new free magazine about classic photography. He is a long-time writer about the photography scene, writing extensively for several Scandinavian photography publications, as well as for the E-Photo Newsletter and I Photo Central.