Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
DoneFri, Nov 23, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
7th WestLicht Photo Auction
Over 200 lots, many of them vintage-prints, will be available at the 7th WestLicht Photography Auction. The top-class selection has been made in cooperation with renowned expert Johannes Faber and will span works from the primary representative of american straight photography, Ansel Adams, whose "Storm over the Great Plains from Cimarron, New Mexico" is one of the top-lots, to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Yousuf Karsh, Frank Horvat and Robert Mapplethorpe. A special emphasis will be placed on female photographers: Four strikingly beautiful vintage-prints by the legendary actress, photographer and revolutionary Tina Modotti will be on offer. All photographs were taken during her time in Mexico around 1925. Cindy Sherman, one of the most well-known US artists at the present time, who has spent the past 35 years taking pictures of herself slipping into various roles and identities, will be represented by her piece "Lucille Ball." Another famous photographer in the selection is Diane Arbus (1923 - 1971), who became famous for her brutally honest portraits of eccentrics and people on the margins of society. The image on offer is "Blaze Star Backstage, Baltimore" from 1964. Traditionally numerous classic Austrian photographers will be featured in the auction. Works range from Heinrich Kühn and Hugo Henneberg, to Trude Fleischmann, Moriz Nähr, Rudolf Koppitz and Lothar Rübelt. The absolute highlight of the auction will be a collection of 4.600 NASA photographs, documenting the entire U.S. space program from 1961 to 1974. It is presumably the largest of its kind, owned by a private collector. A group of 300 photographs and transparencies show the Apollo-11 moon mission, including the recently deceased Neil Armstrong. The collection also features 330 pictures of the Russian space program Roscosmos.As the extraordinary collection is of museum quality it will be auctioned in a single lot and published in a separate catalogue.