Top Lots: Fine Photographs & Photobooks

George Platt Lynes, suite of 100 photographs relating to the New York City Ballet, 1938-1951.
Sold April 18, 2013 for $36,000.
The April 18 auction of Fine Photographs & Photobooks resulted in more than half a dozen albums, portfolios or groups of photographs selling well above their pre-sale estimates. Top among these was a suite of 100 photographs by George Platt Lynes, who documented the New York City Ballet from its inception in the 1930s through 1951.
Edward Weston, Charis (nude), silver print, 1935. 
A silver print by Edward Weston, Charis (nude), 1935, brought the highest price of the day, realizing $50,400, and Minor White's Jupiter Portfolio, containing 12 silver prints, sold for $33,600, an auction record for the portfolio.
Minor White, Jupiter Portfolio, with 12 silver prints, 1975.  
Intriguing vernacular material also performed well; a collection of 179 tintype photographs brought $26,400. The populist images documenting the banal, surreal and beautiful in American day-to-day life reflect the tintype's rise in popularity in the late 1800s.
Two of 179 American tintype photographs, 1860s-90s. 


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