Fifteen Classic Prints by Eugène Atget and Rare Edward Weston/Tina Modotti Mexico Ensemble at Sotheby’s

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PARIS.- On 19 November 2010, Sotheby’s Paris will offer for sale an exceptional ensemble of photographs by leading masters of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This third photography sale in Paris, scheduled to coincide with the Paris Photo fair, demonstrates Sotheby’s committed presence on the Parisian, European and international market. The sale includes a superb selection of 152 works covering the history of photography, from vintage to contemporary, beginning with an extraordinary salt-paper print by one of the most gifted photographers of the 19th century – Gustave Le Gray (1820-84). The photograph depicts the Pont du Gard (1850/51), evoking Le Gray’s crucial role in the 1851 Mission Héliographique – the nationwide photographic survey of historic monuments commissioned by the state (estimate €100,000-120,000*). Fifteen classic prints by Eugène Atget (1857-1927), the great chronicler of French ci