Ansel Adams' Moon and Half Dome will lead December 12 sale



2015-06-26 13:32:59

Ansel Adams' Moon and Half Dome will lead December 12 sale

Moon and Half Dome by Ansel Adams is valued at $35,000 ahead of the New York auction

A photographic print of Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park by Ansel Adams will lead Swann Auction Galleries' sale in New York on December 12.

The work, from 1960, is estimated at $25,000-35,000.

Ansel Adams Moon Half Dome The photograph features Adams' signature in pencil along with his hand stamp

Adams (1902-1984) was a major American photographer best known for his black and white landscapes of national parks, and Yosemite in particular.

A highly influential photographer, his work has been widely reproduced. He was a founding member of Group f/64, a collective of photographers influenced by nature and modernism, which included Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston among its members.

A print of Moonrise, New Mexico became one of the most valuable photographs ever sold when it realised $609,600 at Sotheby's New York in 2006.

An untitled 1997 photogram by Adam Fuss is valued at $25,000-30,000.

Adam Fuss photogram Adam Fuss' photogram is printed on muslin and dates to 1997

Fuss is a contemporary photographer who largely works with analogue techniques to create his enigmatic images.

Photograms are made by placing objects directly onto photographic paper before exposing them to light, resulting in an image that varies in tone depending on the opacity of the exposed item.

Two self portraits by Andy Warhol dating to 1981, Self Portrait in a Platinum Wig, and Self Portrait in a Platinum Pageboy Wig, will sell as a single lot with an estimate of $20,000-30,000.

The two Polaroids show the artist in drag and feature the debossed Warhol hand stamp on the reverse.

A recent auction at Sotheby's in New York saw Warhol's Silver Car Crash realise $105.4m - a new record for his work and a 48.2% increase on his previous record sale.

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