Classic Photographs and Portfolios Stand Out at Swann Galleries’ Auction in New York


NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries’ May 19 auction of Important Photobooks and Photographs featured classic 20th-century images by celebrated photographers as well as desirable portfolios of their work. The sale’s top lot was the André Kertész portfolio A Hungarian Memory, which contained 15 silver print photographs of the artist’s homeland, from 1914 to 1923, printed in 1980. It was one of 100 numbered copies and seven artist’s proofs and sold for an auction record of $48,000*. Other notable portfolios and sets of photos in the sale were a select group of five silver prints from the portfolio Walker Evans, 1935-1936, printed 1971, $21,600; one of 50 copies of Barbara Morgan’s Dance portfolio, with 10 silver prints, 1935-1944, printed 1977, $13,200; and a portfolio with 10 silver prints by Brassaï, containing his iconic Parisian images