Ansel Adams Museum Set
Highlighting the sale is an Ansel Adams Museum Set comprising seventy-five gelatin silver prints of Adams' greatest images, each signed in pencil by the legendary photographer.
The set will be offered as seventy individual lots, plus one group lot comprising the five-image Surf Sequence. The estimates range from $3,000-$5,000 to $40,000-$60,000.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was the preeminent 20th century photographer of Western landscape, and a founder of the influential Group f.64, which included such luminaries as Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. Prepared several years before Adams's death, this Museum Set of seventy-five images is among the most comprehensive known to exist. Such sets more typically consist of between twenty-five and fifty images.
The Museum Sets contain as its nucleus ten of the most famous Adams images, including Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941 [$30,000-40,000] ; Mt. Williamson from Manzanar [$20,000-30,000] ; Aspens, Northern New Mexico [$12,000-18,000] ; Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada [$15,000-25,000] ; Monolith, the Face of Half Dome [$15,000-25,000] ; Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite [$25,000-35,000] ; Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley [$15,000-25,000] ; Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain [$7,000-10,000] ; The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park [$30,000-50,000] and Frozen Lake and Cliffs, the Sierra Nevada [$20,000-30,000] . There were a further sixty possible prints that could be purchased as part of a set. Those few who purchased all seventy received an five additional prints, the majestic 1940 Surf Sequence [$40,000-60,000].
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