Issue #165  11/2/2009
Villa Grisebach Photo Auction Scheduled Nov. 26 With 180 Lots

Villa Grisebach Auktionen in Berlin will offer over 180 lots on November 26, 2009 (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.) with its sale of Modern and Contemporary Photography.

After the successful Spring sale of the photographs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's architecture, Grisebach will auction off another rare vintage print of the architect's famous model for a glass skyscraper. The print is dedicated to Peter Behrens and estimated at 18,000-24,000 euro.

Further highlights in the modern photography section include an early print of a portrait of composer Paul Hindemith (estimate of 10,000-12,000 euro) by August Sander as well as works by Diane Arbus, Andreas Feininger, Horst P. Horst, Helen Levitt, Arnold Newman, Edward Steichen, Edmund Kesting, Sabine Weiss, Harry Callahan, Helen Levitt, Dorothy Norman, Alfred Ehrhardt, Barbara Morgan, Josef Sudek, Andre Kertesz, Édouard Boubat, Sasha Stone and Francesca Woodman, among others.

The top lot in the contemporary photography section is Hiroshi Sugimoto's Sea of Galilee, Golan (estimate of 24,000-26,000 euro) followed by a multi-part photo work by the Austrian artist Friederike Pezold entitled Mundwerk (estimate of 12,000-15,000 euro) and Bettina Rheims's Elizabeth Berkley (estimate of 10,000-15,000 euro).

In addition, works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Beard, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as an unusual portrait of Michael Jackson by Gottfried Helnwein (estimate of 5,000-7,000 euro) will be put up for auction.

Finally, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Villa Grisebach is pleased to offer a selection of 14 photographs for sale in the section The Cabinet. The proceeds of this sale will benefit the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Among the works for auction is an image by the currently much discussed contemporary photographer Erwin Olaf (estimate of 5,000-7,000 euro).

The main auction preview will take place November 21-25, 2009 at Villa Grisebach Auktionen, Fasanenstrasse 73, Berlin, from Saturday through Tuesday from 10 am-6:30 pm, Wednesday from 10 am-5 pm. A selection of work will be available to preview in Dortmund, Hamburg and Zurich (see website for details, times and dates).

You can view the auction catalogue online later in November at http://www.villa-grisebach.de/en/ .

The auction itself is scheduled for Thursday, November 26, 2009, 3 pm, which is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

For more information and to leave bids, contact Franziska Schmidt (head of the photography department), phone: +1-49-30-885 915-27; fax: +49 30-885915-4627 (from the U.S. dial 011 then the number); or email: f.schmidt@villa-grisebach.de .