12th WestLicht Photo Auction
12 June 2015
Record price for VALIE EXPORT’s Genital Panic
54,000 Euros for feminist icon
The cover image of the 12th WestLicht Photo-Auction’s catalogue went to a private collector for three times the starting bid: a superb result for an artwork from Austrian post-war avant-garde.
The erotic photographs of Alfons Walde were also among the highlights and reached prices up to 11,400 Euros.
A photograph of Marilyn Monroe with a starting price of 800 Euros was worth 14,400 Euros to one of her admirers. The set photo by George Barris depicts the famous scene from “The Seven Year Itch” with Monroe standing on a subway grate as her dress is blown by a passing train.
Audrey Hepburn was no less enchanting for 1963’s Hollywood. The photograph by Philippe Halsman which shows her alongside Cary Grant caused an exciting bidding war and climbed from 6,000 Euros to a final bid of 11,400 Euros.
Irving Penn’s contact sheets from the series “Woman in Chicken Hat” started at 6,000 Euros and achieved 31,200 Euros including premium.
“Derrière la Gare Saint-Lazare”, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s all-time classic went for the exact same sum of 31,200 Euros, which was the highest price ever achieved for a print of the grandmaster of reportage photography in an auction in Austria.
The top lot in the section of Russian photographs was a picture of Lenin giving a political speech in 1918 Moscow, which climbed from 1,400 Euros to a fantastic 19,200 Euros.
All listed prices are hammer prices including premium.
Photo credits: Christine Miess (WestLicht)