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Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 10am EST |
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2017-12-14 10:00:00 2017-12-14 18:00:00 America/New_York Photographs Featuring an Ansel Adams Complete Museum Set Offered for the Benefit of The College of New Rochelle. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle
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Mon, Dec 11
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Tue, Dec 12
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  • Auction of Photographs on December 14, 2017 at 10am in New York
  • Featuring an Ansel Adams Complete Museum Set Offered for the Benefit of The College of New Rochelle

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Photographs on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10am includes a wide range of historical and fine art photography, including an Ansel Adams Museum Set. In 19th century photography, an extensive array of early travel albums includes collections of views of Egypt, India, China and Japan, among other locales. An interesting collection of daguerreotypes is on offer, including unusual portraits, stereos and occupational images. 20th century photography incorporates fine images by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Walker Evans, William Garnett, Horst P. Horst, Yousuf Karsh, Marc Riboud, Melvin Sokolsky etc. Contemporary material includes a rare remarkable artist’s book by Anselm Kiefer: Die Ungeborenen (The Unborn), with collage elements in lead and ash. Additional work by McDermott and McGough, Maria Friberg, Luis Gispert, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Abelardo Morell, Robert and Shana Parkeharrison and others  is on display.   

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 $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 (est. $30,000-40,000); Mt. Williamson from Manzanar (est. $20,000-30,000); Aspens, Northern New Mexico (est. $12,000-18,000); Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada (est. $15,000-25,000); Monolith, the Face of Half Dome (est. $15,000-25,000); Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite (est. $25,000-35,000); Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley (est. $15,000-25,000); Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain (est. $7,000-10,000); The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park (est. $30,000-50,000) and Frozen Lake and Cliffs, the Sierra Nevada (est. $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 (est. $40,000-60,000).

Spanning Adams’ entire career, this offering includes all the artist’s best-known work, in prints of scrupulous quality prepared in Adams’ workshop under his direct supervision and signed by him. The Museum Set, acquired by a private collector from Adams in the 1980s, was donated to The College of New Rochelle in 2012, and is offered for sale on their behalf. A complete list of images is available upon request. Doyle is delighted to make this unparalleled offering.

The Ansel Adams Museum Set comprises lots 127 through 198 in the sale.

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Property from Other Collections

William Henry Fox Talbot’s (1800-1877) Articles of China, from 1844, is a salted paper print from a calotype paper negative, extracted from the first part of The Pencil of Nature. Generally considered the first commercially published book to contain photographs, its images were intended to show how the new process could be used, in this case to illustrate a collection catalogue (est. $8,000-12,000).

Luis Gispert’s (b. 1972) Gucci Gloom, from his Decepción series of photographs, plays with the juxtaposition of unlikely brand labelled car interiors looking out on equally unlikely vistas. The image has its genesis in Gispert’s discovery of a low-rider Escalade truck outfitted in counterfeit Louis Vuitton, and is a witty comment on the more bizarre extremes of aspirational culture (est. $12,000-18,000).

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