Ansel Adams portfolio of signed photos leads April 7 PBA Galleries sale

‘Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley,’ with signed original prints by Ansel Adams, est. $50,000-$80,000

‘Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley,’ with signed original prints by Ansel Adams, est. $50,000-$80,000

BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries will hold a 420-lot auction titled Photography and Fine Art – The Jack and Beverly Waltman Collection on April 7. Jack Waltman, an accomplished photographer in his own right, was also a patron to and a collector of many of the 20th century’s finest photographers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The collection includes signed prints by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, George Tice, Judy Dater, Sebastiao Salgado, John Sexton and many others. Several of these photographs are inscribed to Jack and Beverly, whose friendship and support were vital to the artists represented. Augmenting the Waltman collection are several more examples of 20th century photography from Ansel Adams’ partner in creating the Zone System, Fred A. Archer, to Peter Stackpole, Margaret Bourke-White and Gordon Parks. Other offerings include a section of signed posters by Berkeley artist David Lance Goines, an exhaustive archive of the wood engravings and illustrated books of John DePol, several signed prints by Salvador Dali and examples of art deco pochoir illustration.

Among the large collection of works by photographer Ansel Adams on offer is Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, which includes 16 original photographic prints by Adams. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$80,000. Each photograph is signed by him on its mounting board, and the photographs were taken between 1926 and 1959 and printed in 1959. Their sizes and orientation vary; it is a complete set, one of only 208 produced. Another notable lot from this collection is Moonrise, Hernandez, NM by Ansel Adams. It is a signed, mounted gelatin silver print, and is one of the photographer’s most iconic and sought-after works. Its estimate is $40,000-$60,000.

‘Bodega Coast’ by Edward Weston, est. $4,000-$6,000

‘Bodega Coast’ by Edward Weston, est. $4,000-$6,000

Among the works in the April 7 auction by the photographer Edward Weston is Bodega Coast, shot in 1938 and signed in initials on board. It is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

‘Munkepunke Dionysos: Groteske Liebesgedicht / Grotesque Love Poems’ by Alfred Richard Meyer, with six signed, hand-colored George Grosz lithographs, est. $15,000-$25,000

‘Munkepunke Dionysos: Groteske Liebesgedicht / Grotesque Love Poems’ by Alfred Richard Meyer, with six signed, hand-colored George Grosz lithographs, est. $15,000-$25,000

The selection of fine art lots includes a portfolio of Miguel Covarrubias’ caricature work: nine original pen and ink drawings along with one pencil drawing, together estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Another major lot is the Munkepunke Dionysos: Groteske Liebesgedicht / Grotesque Love Poems by Alfred Richard Meyer, which comes with six signed and hand-colored lithographs by George Grosz. It represents one of only 20 deluxe copies from a total edition of 100, and its estimate is $15,000-$25,000.

For more information about upcoming sales, to schedule a Zoom preview or phone bidding for a future auction, please contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

 

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