RESULTS OF THE 18TH WESTLICHT PHOTO AUCTION
FALLING SOLDIER IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPH EVER SOLD AT A WESTLICHT AUCTION
A final result of 144,000 Euro was scored by Robert Capa’s famous war icon The Falling Soldier – the highest price ever paid for a photograph at a WestLicht Photo Auction. The bidding took off at a starting price of 60,000 Euro.
The vintage print which comes from the Black Star Archive in New York is an extremely rare, early one, made in 1936/1937 only shortly after Capa took the picture. The photo counts among the most important images of war ever taken and is regarded as a symbol for the fight against fascism.
It was also the big names who brought in the other top results of the Auction:
For the sum of 31,200 Euro a collector acquired one of the most well-known masterpieces of Henri Cartier-Bresson (starting price: € 6,000), who in 1932 photographed a man behind Paris’s Saint-Lazare train station jumping across a puddle.
An equally impressive raise was performed by Jaroslav Rössler’s Paris, 1931: Having started at 3,000 Euro the photo finally went to a collector for 11,400 Euro after a tense bidding war.
The 18th WestLicht Photo Auction closed with an excellent sales rate of 75%, the best result to date. “We’re glad that our strategy to appeal with the highest quality to an increasingly international audience has been a success”, WestLicht Photo Auction director Peter Coeln commented on the results.All prices include buyer’s premium.
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