The international Photographs department at Christie’s leads the market with outstanding collections, record-breaking sales results, and important private sales transactions. Most recently we have offered a staggering eight single-owner auctions, helped deaccession property from The Museum of Modern Art through our innovative online auction platform, and broken many individual artist records including the long-standing record for most expensive classic photograph ever sold at auction for Man Ray’s Noire et Blanche, selling in Paris for 3.1M USD.
Our track record with collection sales is unmatched in recent years and includes Face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection; Daydreaming: Photographs from the Goldstein Collection; The Yamakawa Collection of Twentieth Century Photographs; An American Journey: The Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks, property from The Museum of Modern Art; Visionaries: Photographs from the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Collection; Portrait of a Collector: The John M. Bransten Collection of Photographs; Modern Visions: Exceptional Photographs; Stripped Bare: Photographs from the Collection of Thomas Koerfer; Collection Shalom Shpilman vendue au profit du Shpilman Institute for Photography and Important Photographs from the Collection of Donald and Alice Lappé, among others.
The sales team at Christie’s, the most senior in the industry, has sold the most high-value works and set world auction records for some of the most important artist of the 20th century including Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Man Ray, William Eggleston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugène Atget, Irving Penn, Richard Misrach and Richard Avedon. As the market leader, we are committed to sourcing and selling the finest works of art with exceptional provenance to both private collectors and institutions, whether at auction or privately. Our connections to curators and institutions globally, as well as the world’s top collectors, is incomparable.
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