artnet Auctions Presents Hot Shots

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A sale featuring a selection of our most sought-after photographs by masters of the medium, live on artnet Auctions from July 1 through 10, 2014.

Vik Muniz Pastorales Tahitiennes, after Paul Gauguin (from Pictures of Pigment), 2005 Chromogenic print 71 x 91.25 in. Est. US$50,000–60,000

artnet Auctions is thrilled to announce Hot Shots, a hand-picked selection of highly desirable photographs by blue-chip artists.

artnet Auctions is thrilled to announce Hot Shots, a hand-picked selection of highly desirable photographs by blue-chip artists, including Sally Mann, Ansel Adams, Vik Muniz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gregory Crewdson, Nick Brandt, Annie Leibovitz, and Edward Weston. Estimates range from US$5,000 to 60,000.

A highlight of the sale is a rare, unique ambrotype triptych by Sally Mann (American, b. 1951). This self-portrait, estimated at US$40,000 to 60,000, has never before come to auction. In 2006, Mann was badly injured in a horse-riding accident, and was bedridden for months. She was naturally drawn to use this time creatively, and began to take self-portraits of her damaged face and body using the 19th-century ambrotype process, which involves producing a wet-plate positive and printing it on a black glass plate. The specific process and particular period of these photographs make them highly significant within Mann’s prolific oeuvre.

The sale also features two highly sought-after gelatin silver prints by Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), including one of Adams’s most iconic images, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941), estimated at US$50,000 to 70,000. This serendipitous moment was captured while driving through the Chama River Valley; a church and cemetery near Hernandez, New Mexico, are illuminated by a brilliant moonrise. Estimated at US$30,000 to 40,000, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California (1944), another of Adams’s most desirable photographs, captures the awe-inspiring mountain range, the snow-capped peaks bathed in morning sunlight.

Several of Vik Muniz’s works are also included in the sale, most notably Pastorales Tahitiennes, after Paul Gauguin (2005), estimated at US$50,000 to 60,000. From Muniz’s celebrated series Pictures of Pigment, this work reinterprets one of Gauguin’s most interesting themes: the culture of native Tahitians. Through his photographic re-contextualization of Gauguin’s famous painting, Muniz has created an ultra-playful homage to the artist.

Hot Shots is live on artnet Auctions from July 1 to 10, 2014, and is on view at

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For more information about this sale, please contact artnet Auctions specialists:

Susanna Wenniger
Senior Specialist Photographs
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 172

Miles Barth
Senior Specialist Photographs
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 123

Bree Hughes
Specialist, Photographs
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 121

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