Issue #147  8/4/2008
The Berman Collection Arbus Sale At Christie's Is a 100% Sell Out and Brings in $1,372,000 From The Auction

By Stephen Perloff
Editor of The Photograph Collector

The Bruce and Nancy Berman Collection of Photographs by Diane Arbus achieved $1,372,000 and was 100% sold. Child selling plastic orchids at night, N.Y.C. 1963 ($30,000–$50,000) was the sale's top lot and went for $115,000 to Jeffrey Fraenkel, who also captured Headless Woman, N.Y.C. 1961 ($25,000–$35,000) for $73,000. A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. 1968, ($40,000–$60,000) was taken by Rose Shoshana for $91,000. Shoshana was the major buyer, taking 11 of the 51 lots offered. Fraenkel took six lots, as did Howard Read of Cheim & Read.

Joshua Holdeman, specialist in charge of the sale commented, "We are delighted to kick off the sale of the Berman Collection of Photographs with a white glove, 100% sold sale of work by Diane Arbus. This result underscores not only the significance of the Berman name in the world of photographic collecting, but also confirms Arbus's place as one of the important artists of the 20th century. We eagerly anticipate the sale of works by William Eggleston, also from the Berman Collection, this October."

(Copyright ©2008 by The Photograph Collector.)

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