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Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection | Photographs | 2021

Phillips is pleased to announce Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection, a single-owner auction taking place on October 7th.

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    20 September 2021

    Phillips Announces Highlights from the Premiere Photographs Auction at New 432 Park Avenue Headquarters

    Sale on 7 October to Feature Works by László Moholy-Nagy, Robert Frank, Peter Beard, Chuck Close, Deana Lawson, and Hank Willis Thomas

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    13 September 2021

    Phillips Announces a Selection of Photographs to Benefit the Ian Parry Scholarship

    Including Works by Edward Burtynsky, Sir Don McCullin and Richard Mosse

    To be Sold at Phillips London on 23 November 2021

    The Scholarship Supports Young Photojournalists, Ensuring the Future of Authentic Storytelling for the Next Generation

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    8 September 2021

    Phillips to Host Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection

    Auction Includes Photographers Whose Reputations Extend Past Photography and Have Entered the Canon of Contemporary Art


    Sale to Feature Genre-Defying Works by Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, Robert Adams, Roni Horn, Hiroshi Sugimoto, 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.

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