Issue #135  10/31/2007
Two Villa Grisebach Photography Auctions Scheduled On Nov. 29th

Villa Grisebach has two photography sales and a total of almost 500 lots of classic and contemporary photographs on offer in its fall auction season. The first of these sales will take place on November 29, 2007 at 3 pm in Berlin, with the single-owner sale ("Elective Affinities") following immediately at the conclusion of the regular sale.

The approximately 160 lots of this fall's sale of "Modern and Contemporary Photographs" include masterworks, such as "Gerbera Daisy (Three Flowers), 2006 by Irving Penn; (18,000-22,000€), Jean Painlevé's "Pince de Galithée", 1929 (8,000-9,000€) or Paul Citroen's 1923 avant-garde photo-montage "Johnson Training Again" (7,500-10,000€).

The contemporary photography section has a number of sought-after names, including Andreas Gursky, Peter Beard, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Ruud van Empel, Martin Parr and Michael Wesely. The sale ends with a newly established section called "The cabinet". This special section will introduce a selection of unique prints by Czech shooting star Miroslav Tichy.

Analogies, similarities, elective affinities is the subject of the second sale of a European private collection. Since its beginnings, photography has given both photographers and collectors alike the joy of comparison. This is the focus that Villa Grisebach will showcase for the first time before offering the collection in its "Elective Affinities" sale.

Two of the highlights of this special sale will be William Henry Fox Talbot's 1843 view of "The Boulevards of Paris" (10,000-12,000€) and Edward Weston's "Chinese Cabbage" from 1931 (85,000-100,000€). Among other important works are Jaromir Funke's "Composition with a bottle" from 1925 (20,000-25,000€), seven photographs from Aaron Siskind's 1972 portfolio "Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation" (18,000-22,000€), Manuel Alvarez Bravo's "The big fish eats the little ones", 1932 (15,000-20,000€), a Man Ray rayograph from the "Champs Délicieux" portfolio of 1922 (14,000-16,000€), "Handbag and Fur", 1924 by Paul Outerbridge, Jr. (10,000-15,000€), the delicate "Mademoiselle Pogany II", 1920c, by Constantin Brancusi, as well as works by Heinrich Kühn, Frantisek Drtikol, Albert Renger-Patzsch, the late Bernd and Hilla Becher, William Eggleston and many more. Apart from such masterpieces, "Elective Affinities" includes works of vernacular and anonymous photography that are potentially lucky finds for any young collector.

The collection owes its appeal to the sensitive and curious eyes of a major collector of contemporary art. A catalogue comprising the collection in its entirety of 299 lots and with an essay by Prof. Christoph Stölzl is available. A preview exhibition of selected works from the collection will be held at Villa Grisebach Auktionen GmbH, Fasanenstraße 25, 10719 Berlin from Nov. 3-21. For details, see http://www.villa-grisebach.de . For more information, contact Franziska Schmidt (Head of Photography Department), phone: +49 30 885915-27; fax: +49 30 885915-4627; or email: f.schmidt@villa-grisebach.de .