Sotheby’s New York Highlights Release September - December 2009 FINE CHINESE FURNITURE, WORKS OF ART AND CARPETS FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS Exhibition opens: 11 September 16 September 2009 17
and curators. Largely through gifts from the artists they photographed, or in exchange for their services, the Waintrob brothers amassed a highly personal collection of Modern art, which until recently remained unknown to all but close friends and relatives. Offered in October from this collection is Henry Moore’s Eight Ideas for Sculpture (est. $25/35,000). The sale also features sections of Russian and Latin American art, as well as two works by South African artists Irma Stern and Gerard Sekoto’s The Milkman (est. $100/150,000, pictured here).
PHOTOGRAPHS Exhibition opens: 4 October 9 October 2009
In October, Sotheby’s New York will hold a sale of Photographs featuring a choice selection by some of the 20th century's most influential photographers. On offer will be 13 photographs by the stylish photographic innovator Paul Outerbridge, including platinum prints, silver prints, and 6 prints in rare early color processes, of which Outerbridge was the acknowledged master. Among these is his elegantly surreal 1937 Nude with Sculpture Head (est. $30/50,000, pictured here). This collection, incorporating beautifully-rendered nudes and still life studies from the 1920s and 1930s, comes from the family of Lois Weir Outerbridge, the photographer’s second wife and business partner. Sotheby's sale will also include the best selection of Harry Callahan's work to be seen at auction for years, incorporating many rare and early prints from a single collection. His lively and abstract Light Study from the 1940s distills photography down to its essential elements (est. $20/30,000). His 1948 double-exposure of his wife and muse, Eleanor (est. $50/70,000), demonstrates Callahan's ability to layer images to create a complex and evocative study. In addition, the sale will feature the complete set of fine press books and portfolios published by the renowned 21st Editions imprint (est. $200/300,000) between 1998 and the present. Produced in very limited editions, only a few complete sets of The Master Collection exist. These deluxe volumes and portfolios are replete with original gelatin silver, platinum, and cyanotype prints, and hand-pulled photogravures by contemporary photographers such as Sally Mann, Joel-Peter Witkin, Michael Kenna, Eikoh Hosoe, Sheila Metzner, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, and many others. Also in the sale are 19th century offerings, which include a daguerreotype of the Ojibwa chief Maungwudaus (est. $50/70,000), who performed Native American dances in Europe and the United States in the 1840s. Featured as well are masterful landscapes by Carleton Watkins and Henry P. Bosse, in addition to a rare and early Lincoln portrait.
19 October 2009 Exhibition opens: 14 October
The October sale of Important Jewels will offer collectors an array of jewels including signed and period pieces from American private collections and a spectacular pear- shaped diamond ring. Set in a decorative platinum and diamond mounting, the 29.53 carat pear-shaped Dcolor diamond is flanked by two heart-shaped diamonds weighing 1.35 and 1.51 carats (pictured here). With an estimate of $1.8/2.2 million, or $61,000 per carat, the diamond ring features as the star lot on offer from Property of a New York Estate, a collection that also