Issue #71  4/9/2004
Swanns Auction On May 20th

Swann Auction Galleries' Thursday, May 20 sale of Photographic Literature & Photographs will offer classic publications such as Camera Work, Steichen Supplement, 1906 (estimate $7000/8000); Coburn's Men of Mark, 1913, and Hosoe's Killed by Roses, 1963 (each $4000/6000); and Frank's The Lines of My Hands, 1972 ($3000/4000).

The sale features a rare Carleton Watkins album Yo-Semite Valley: Photographic Views of the Falls and Valley of Yo-Semite in Mariposa County, California, with 51 albumen photographs, 1863 that you may have seen on a segment of the Antiques Roadshow visit to Charlotte, NC.

Another western highlight is a portrait of the Wild Bunch by John Swartz, circa 1900 ($50,000/75,000). There is also a period Civil War album with 97 crisp carte-de-visite portraits ($12,000/18,000).

Classic 20th-century works range from Charles Sheeler's photograph of his painting View of New York, 1930s ($7000/10,000) to Ansel Adams's Grand Tetons and Snake River, Wyoming, 1942/printed 1970s ($18,000/ 22,000) to an Avedon portrait of Judy Garland, 1951 ($12,000/18,000).

Also of note is a rare suite of three installation photographs of Kazimir Malevich's retrospective exhibition in Berlin, 1927 ($15,000/25,000).

Contemporary works include Bernd & Hilla Becher's Industrial Facades, with 12 silver prints, 1978 ($20,000/25,000) and Larry Clark's Teenage Lust, with 81 photographs, 1981 ($20,000/25,000).

The preview will be held from 5/15, Saturday, 10am-4pm; 5/17, Monday-5/19, Wednesday, 10am-6pm. The actual auction hours are on Thursday, 5/20 at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm.

Swann Auction Galleries is at 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY, 10010; phone: 1-212-254-4710 ext. 29; email: dkaplan@swanngalleries.com .