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Grisebach Auction

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About 200 photographs will be offered at Grisebach’s Modern and Contemporary Photography Auction on Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 in Berlin.

Three vintage contacts documenting Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legendary skyscraper projects come to auction from a French private collection. In the photograph of the three-dimensional model of the “Glass Skyscraper” (estimate € 15,000/25,000) the interior of the radically new architectural construction is displayed in an impressive way.

In a rare pigment print of circa 1925 Czech photographer František Drtikol combines a female nude and a still life. The ingenious composition is testimony to Drtikol’s special approach between traditional and modern forms of artistic expression (€ 40,000/50,000). Only a few years later in his well- known “Bäumchen” (1929) Albert Renger-Patzsch created a masterwork of photographic precision and a highly artistic landscape composition. The print offered is an especially well-preserved vintage from the collection of Josef Dickerhoff (€ 20,000/30,000).

Modern Photography
The Modern Photography section includes furthermore the portfolio “Erste Landung/New York” with shots made by the artist George Grosz on his arrival by ship in New York in 1932. The prints were produced in 1977 by Gerd Sander after the original photographs (€ 10,000/15,000). Other important works in the section are by David Bailey, Erwin Blumenfeld, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Rudolf Koppitz, Heinrich Kühn, Helmar Lerski, Tata Ronkholz, Otto Steinert, among others.

More works, eleven intense images of landscapes and trees (1940s–1960s), by Albert Renger-Patzsch will be on offer from the collection of Adalbert and Thilda Colsman (from € 2,000/3,000 until € 3,000/4,000).

Contemporary Photography
In the Contemporary Photography section William Wegman’s box “Letters, Numbers, Punctuation” stands out. In their known surreal way Wegman’s Weimaraners enact the letters of the alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks as “tableaux vivants” (€ 20,000/30,000). Further highlights are Elger Esser’s panoramic print, “Lyon II” (€ 12,000/15,000), Gunter Sachs’s “Ascot” (€ 20,000/30,000) or Steven Klein’s staged photograph of the actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “Case Study #30” (€ 12,000/15,000). Other important works on offer are by Nobuyoshi Araki, Peter Beard, Helmut Newton, Walter Niedermayr, Jörg Sasse, Reinhart Wolf, Tom Wood, among others.

Please find more information at Grisebach

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