From Dorthea Lange to Annie Leibovitz, Heritage Auctions
' Online Photographs Auction of 2018 brings iconic artwork from more than 80 artists to collectors Feb. 28, 2018 on HA.com. The diverse offerings span intriguing contemporary signed prints to 19th century orotone images by Edward Sheriff Curtis.
Ruth Bernhard's 1952 Classic Torso (est. $6,000-8,000) is a 9-3/4-by-7-1/2-inch gelatin silver from a series of by the photographer of nude and semi-nude women the subject for which Bernhard is perhaps best known.
Horst P. Horst's 1989 Tulips (est. $4,000-6,000) is a gelatin silver image measuring 16-1/4 by 14-1/8 inches with the photographer's blindstamp in margin recto; it is signed, titled, dated and inscribed in pencil on verso by Horst, considered one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century known for his elegant, glamorous images.
Elliott Erwitt's 1974 New York City (est.$3,500-4,500) is a gelatin silver image measuring 11-5/8 by 17-1/2 inches and is signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. One of the top photographers of his generation, Erwitt began shooting in the 1940s and developed a reputation for humanizing celebrity portraits and his humorous subjects.
William A. Garnett's 1975 Sand Dune #1, Palm Desert, California (est. $3,500-4,500) is a gelatin silver image measuring 7 by 9 inches, and is signed in pencil in margin recto by Garnett, and titled and dated in pencil with the artist's stamp on verso. Garnett, who is perhaps known best for his landscape and aerial photography, earned three Guggenheim fellowships for his landscape photographs.
Ilse Bing's 1931 Self-Portrait with Leica, Paris (est. $2,000-3,000) offers a unique perspective of Bing, with simultaneous views of her pointed directly into the lens of her camera and also a profile of her as she shoots. The German-born avant-garde and commercial photographer moved to Paris in 1930 and started using an advanced Leica camera, earning her the title "Queen of the Leica."
Heritage's recent development of online-only photography auctions offers lots ranging in estimate between $100 and $10,000. The sales are part of a strategic plan to grow the firm's photography department by streamlining access to classic and contemporary artworks for new collectors. These quarterly auctions also have proven effective in assisting established collectors' efforts to expand their interests and assets.