László Moholy-Nagy: ‘A New Spatial Dimension’
In Phillips’ October 7th Photographs auction, an early photogram by László Moholy-Nagy underscores the artist’s immense creativity across media.
Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection
The story of how one collection explores the natural world, the human condition, and photography's own processes to transcend traditionally accepted notions of beauty.
Promethean Figures: Peter Beard and Francis Bacon, 1976
Beard’s indelible study of Bacon’s London studio in Phillips’ October 7th Photographs auction illuminates a Bacon masterpiece and documents one of the great artistic friendships of the 20th century.
A Mapping of the Self: Photographs from the Collection of Peter McLeavey
In Phillips’ October 7th Photographs auction, a choice selection of work from the collection of New Zealand’s pioneer gallerist showcases an astute and highly personal approach to collecting.
Ruth Orkin at 100
In celebration of Ruth Orkin's centennial, we look at the photographer’s life through the decades and examine how her travels inspired some of her iconic works.
VR Walkthrough: Photographs | Auction 20 May, 2021
Tour our London Photographs sale in this virtual reality walkthrough from 30 Berkeley Square. On view: Peter Beard, Gregory Crewdson, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Pieter Hugo, and more.
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The Photographs Department
Phillips' Photographs department leads the field by anticipating and engaging with ever-evolving collecting trends. Distinguished by our balanced presentation of classic and contemporary works, we achieve top results across all genres, from current stars to masters who have come to define the medium.
Our high standards for quality and long-standing relationships with collectors are the foundations of our success. These key characteristics enabled us to set more than 100 world auction records for renowned artists spanning the history of the medium from the 19th century to today, including the world auction record for Helmut Newton with Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981, achieving $1,820,000 in April 2019, breaking our previous auction record for the artist.
The Photographs department realizes robust results for our single-owner sale consignors, champions new talent—setting incredible sale-price precedents when introducing Alex Prager, Ruud Van Empel and Awol Erizku to auction—and continually innovates our sales. ULTIMATE, our unique platform in London features exclusive auction highlights and showcases rare-to-market masterworks; past partners for ULTIMATE include Vogue and Calvin Klein.
Our tenured International Photographs department—headquartered in New York and London, with representatives strategically positioned across the globe—cultivates connections with key market figures, from curators and collectors to advisors and dealers. Our ability to produce consistent, substantial returns while setting world auction records reflects our profound commitment to our clients and our ability to bring premier examples of the medium to auction.
If you are interested in receiving a valuation, selling your photographs with Phillips, or would like advice on growing your collection, please contact us at [email protected] or 212 940 1245.
Click to view our successful single-owner collections and private sales:
- Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection
- The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation
- A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw
- Important Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana
- Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Selections from The Thomas Walther Collection
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