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WestLicht Photographica Auction, 21.11.2014

11th WestLicht Photographica Auction

Sensational result for “Movement Study“ by Koppitz
Excellent revenue at 11th WestLicht Photo Auction

With a final result of 90,000 Euros Rudolf Koppitz’ “Bewegungsstudie/Movement Study” achieved one of the highest prices (starting price: 25,000 Euros) ever paid for a photograph in Austria. The vintage silver print from 1925 was on offer at the 11th WestLicht Photo Auction on Friday. “Movement Study” ranks among the internationally most well-known Austrian photographs from the first half of the 20th century and has been published innumerable times.

The fascination for the picture’s arcane aura and its symbolist sensuousness still remains unbroken today, as the sensational performance demonstrates.
With an outstanding sales rate of 77 percent WestLicht once again confirmed its leading role in photo auctions in Austria. A portrait series of Mick and Bianca Jagger, photographed by Leni Riefenstahl in 1974 for Sunday Times, also proved to be a success. It finished with a final price of 45,600 Euros - well above the starting bid of 12,000 Euros.
Further highlights of the Auction: Marc Riboud’s “A street in Beijing as seen from inside an antique dealer’s shop”, 1965, was sold after an exciting bidding war for 10,800 Euros (starting price: 1,500 Euros). The "Identical Twins" by Diane Arbus climbed to a price of 72,000 Euro (starting price: 40,000 Euro). With a serious yet perky look Irvin Penn’s “Japanese Girl” from 1980 inspired a buyer to purchase the print for 9,600 Euros (starting price: 3,600 Euros).

All listed prices are hammer prices including premium.

Photo credits: Christine Miess (WestLicht)

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