Ansel Adams' Winter Sunrise to see top bids in trio of photography auctions



2015-06-26 11:33:44

Ansel Adams' Winter Sunrise is valued at up to $500,000 at Christie's New York

Christie’s has announced a trio of “exceptional” photograph auctions in April, with Ansel Adams’ Winter Sunrise expected to provide the overall top lot.

The auction series kicks off with The Range of Light: Photographs by Ansel Adams on April 3, starring the $300,000-500,000 Winter Sunrise print.

Following is the diverse Photographs auction on the same day, while April in Paris, an online-only sale closing on April 10, explores the city through images taken in the 1920s-1950s.

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California is a well-known work in Adams’ oeuvre, created in 1941. However, it was rarely printed on a large scale and this print measures nearly five feet wide, making it highly desirable to collectors of his work.

Commenting on the creation of the piece, the great landscape photographer commented: “I observed the final shaft of light approaching. At the last moment, the horse turned to show its profile, and I made the exposure. Within a minute the entire area was flooded with sunlight and the natural chiaroscuro was gone.”

Peter Beard's work has a $250,000 high estimate

Leading the Photographs auction later in the day is a fantastic piece from Peter Beard, who is renowned for his photography of Africa and its wildlife. Entitled Orphaned Cheetah Cubs at Feeding Time, the work shows the two forlorn cubs surrounded by collage and coloured ink illustrations. It is estimated at $150,000-250,000.

April in Paris will offer 58 classic black and white images of the French capital, ranging in price from $1,500-20,000. Featuring works from the pioneers of photojournalism such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edouard Boubat and Robert Doisneau, it offers opportunities for collectors of all levels.

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