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Fine Art Photography Auctions

The American economy has had an effect on every aspect of our economy, and the fine art world has experienced some knocks along with it. Last year, fine art photography auctions in New York managed to hold steady. Bidders were thinner, and unsold lots were more numerous, but prices didn’t drop as much as expected.

There were a few stand outs that sold for more than the estimates. William Eggleston’s “Jackson, Mississippi, 1972 sold for $158,500 to a European bidder, an impressive $78,500 over the high estimate. One of Richard Prince’s large scale prints from his 1993 “Girlfriend” series sold to a phone bidder for $302,500, $2,500 over the high estimate. Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #106 from 1982 brought $62,500 when the hammer came down. The estimate was $30,000-$50,000.

William Eggleston's "Jackson, Mississippi, 1972"

William Eggleston's "Jackson, Mississippi, 1972"

The 2009 Christie’s photography auction is scheduled for October 7 & 8th. Offerings from “The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman” and “Photographs by Sally Mann from a Private Collection, Washington D.C.” will be offered on the 7th. “Photographs” and “The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs” are up for bid on the 8th.

It will be interesting to see what kind of prices photography will command this year.


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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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