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The photography lots can be viewed from 11 to 22 November, daily from 2 to 6 pm and by appointment (+43 1 522 66 36-66).

Over 200 photographs will go under the hammer at the ninth WestLicht Photography Auction. The selection includes numerous icons from the history of photography, precious examples from the early days of the medium as well as Austrian classics.
A positively sensational document from the beginnings of photography is a Daguerreotype by Louis Daguerre (1787-1851) himself, a “Portrait of Dorothée Léocardie Cotte” of 1844.
A special focus of this autumn’s auction is on classic reportage photography from the 1940s to 60s in the vein of Magnum or Life Magazine, with vintage prints by Werner Bischof, Henri Cartier-Bresson, René Burri, Cornell Capa, Robert Frank, Marc Riboud and George Rodger.
Alfred Eisenstaedt, one of the most productive photographers of the twentieth century, is represented by 12 photographs in total; among them his famous picture “DrumMajor, University of Michigan”. The auction features further icons of twentieth century photography, like Bill Brandt’s “London (Nude with Bent Elbow)”, 1952, Harold E. Edgerton’s “Milk Drop Coronet”, ca. 1957, André Kertész’s “Satiric Dancer”, 1926, or René Burri’s “Che Guevara”, 1963.
With works by Moriz Nähr – among them photographs of now lost paintings by Gustav Klimt – Heinrich Kühn, Rudolf Koppitz, Erich Lessing, Inge Morath and Franz Hubmann, Austrian photography also plays a major part in WestLicht’s ninth Photography Auction.
Our independent team of experts guarantees an accurate evaluation and description of the individual lots.

Auction catalogues can be ordered here.

For more information on WestLicht’s Photography and Camera Auction please visit our auction website.


ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894–1985) ‘Satiric Dancer’, Paris 1926
MARC RIBOUD (* 1923) ‘Le Peintre de la Tour Eiffel’, Paris 1953
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908–2004), Eunuch der letzten Kaiserdynastie, Peking 1948
HAROLD E. EDGERTON (1903–1990) ‘Milk Drop Coronet’, ca. 1957
BILL BRANDT (1904–1983) ‘London (Nude with Bent Elbow)’, 1952