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This is the second sale of material from Eric Caren’s collection, which aims to document every important event in modern history through books, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters and ephemera that span the 16th century through the 1970s.
American Indian portraits by some significant photographers, including Edward S. Curtis, Frank Rinehart and David Barry, who shot the image shown top left, a boudoir card portrait of Good Horse and his wife, 1900s-10s.
Theodor de Bry’s Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen, the first Latin edition of the first volume of De Bry’s Great Voyages, Frankfurt, 1590.
A large selection of 1960′s and 70′s anti-war and rock and roll posters.
Presidents of the United States, a chromolithograph by Augustus Feusier, 1861, shown left, and other material relating to Presidents, including an early photographic portrait of Lincoln before he was President.
Broadsides, including the first printing of the first act of secession, printed fifteen minutes after the final vote, Charleston Mercury Extra, 20 December 1860.
Born in Dortmund, Germany, Werner Muensterberger (1913-2011) started collecting African art as a teenager, inspired to do so by his godfather, the renowned collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Muensterberger held three PhDs, in psychiatry, anthropology, and art history, and specialized in psychoanalytic anthropology. He was the author of several important early publications on African, Oceanic, and Native American art, including The Sculpture of Primitive Man (1955) and Universality of Tribal Art (1979); as well as Collecting: An Unruly Passion (1995), examining the psychology of the collector. The auction features a small group of masterpieces acquired during a lifetime of collecting. The sale is led by Muensterberger’s iconic Luluwa Helmet Mask, famous for its superb quality and monumental scale (estimate $1.5-2.5 million).
This spring, Sotheby’s is delighted to offer a joint single-owner sale of fine English and European decorative arts from the estate of Roger Rechler and the Collection of Dorothy and Wendell Cherry. Each of these collectors had a distinctive style favoring English, French and Continental furniture and decorative arts which transformed two rather different interiors, namely a fine formal townhouse in New York City’s Upper East Side and a beautiful turn-of-the-century Southern Colonial villa situated in idyllic Kentucky horse country. Whilst building such distinctive collections, both collectors shared a passion for breeding and showing dogs, many of which lovingly shared their lives and their homes.
Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to offer regular sales of Photographs, beginning in 1971 in London, 1975 in New York, and 2002 in Paris. We sell photographs from the entire history of the medium, from salt prints and daguerreotypes of the 1840s to contemporary works of the present decade. Included in our auctions are works by a roster of blue-chip photographers from around the globe, from William Henry Fox Talbot in London, to Eugene Atget in Paris, to Richard Prince in New York.
Our international team, the most experienced and highly regarded specialists in the auction world, has established itself as a leader in scholarship and evaluation. Their passion and expertise have resulted in dozens of world records for individual photographers, brought new categories of work to the public’s eye, and defined many of the market criteria against which photographs and collections are judged.
The bi-annual Contemporary sale is one of Sotheby’s must-see sales of the spring season. The March 9th event celebrates the work of established post-war masters such as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Calder alongside works by today’s most intriguing creators such as Yuskavage, Tomaselli and Condo. This highly curated sale features iconic and jewel like paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography dating from the 1930s through today. A few highlights this season include the iconic image Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman. Additionally, the sale includes beautiful works by Gerhard Richter, one of the most desirable and celebrated artists of today. Finally, there are iconic and classical paintings and works on paper by Abstract Expressionists including Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning among others.
Our Finest and Rarest Wines auction on 21 March in London features three great collections that together epitomise the appeal of buying wine at Sotheby’s.
The Bordeaux Wine Bank Collection kicks off the sale with parcels of First Growths, Classed Growths, Second Wines and Right Bank Bordeaux from 2000-2007.
The Adrian Bowden Collection Part III gives wine lovers the opportunity to acquire rare and highly sought-after bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Rhône and Australia from this magnificent cellar.
A stunning ensemble of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and German Wine comes from the aptly named Classic Collector’s Cellar whilst the remainder of the sale includes Burgundy from Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Henri Jayer, Rhône from Guigal and J. L. Chave and further parcels and mixed cases of Bordeaux from the last four decades.