Auction of Photographs from the Collection of Anne Horton on December 13, 2018
Featuring a 1987 Photograph of Irises by Robert Mapplethrope
Offered as a Highlight of the Photographs Auction
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle was honored to auction photographs from the Collection of Anne Horton as a feature of the Photographs auction on December 13, 2018.
"Anne Horton launched the new, stand-alone photographs department at Sotheby’s New York in 1976, at a time when reference books were few and the audience was small. It is hard to underestimate the resources available to photographs historians in those early days and hard to overestimate Anne’s contributions to the field.
In her decade with photographs at Sotheby’s, Anne orchestrated a number of landmark auctions: the 1980 Baron de Meyer sale, comprised of the contents of a recently discovered trunk of de Meyer’s work; a 1980 Cecil Beaton sale; the 1982 “Photographs from the Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe,” which cemented her friendship with Mapplethorpe; Eugène Atget, 1982; and perhaps most important, “Italian Futurist Photographs” from the collection of Giovanni Lista, also in 1982.
Anne’s range of expertise covered the entire history of photography, and her writings were perceptive and articulate. She was well-known to the key players in the market at that time, among them Paul Walter, Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Waddell, Weston Naef, Margaret Weston, Lee Witkin, and others. Inspired by her ready wit and quick insights, many became her personal friends. Her reputation as one of the founders of the modern photographs market is legendary."
-- Denise Bethel