Cartier-Bresson Photo Sets Record at Christie’s Auction in Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Derriere la Gare

© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Christie's

Christie’s took advantage of the interest surrounding Paris Photo last week by holding three auctions at their Paris auction house, one of which saw a photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson fetch a record price for the photographer of $590,455.

The record-breaking 1946 print of Derrière la Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1932, the famous photograph of a man jumping over a puddle, was part of an auction of 100 photographs from the collection of the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson. The sale more than doubled the $243,000 high estimate for the print. Total sales for the auction reached $2,818,097.

A sale of 51 Irving Penn prints from an unnamed private collection generated $2,848,546. The highest sale at the auction was $492,273, paid for Penn’s Woman in Moroccan Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1951.

The top two sales in the general photography auction also belonged to Penn prints. The still life Two Liqueurs, New York, 1951, and Mouth, New York, 1986, both earned more than $200,000. A pair of Peter Beard prints were the next highest sales. The auction of 56 lots brought in $2,320,576.

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7 Responses to “Cartier-Bresson Photo Sets Record at Christie’s Auction in Paris”

  1. sevensevennine.com | nick turpin on street photography » Blog Archive » Value Added? Says:

    [...] Cartier Bresson reaches new record price at auction of [...]

  2. Jim Says:

    Compare this to the Gursky print that just sold for $4.5 million and think about which one is more relevant to photography in historical terms.

  3. Nigel HA Says:

    I just don’t get Gursky prices. Great for him,all credit but won’t get my millions!

  4. Raquel Says:

    @Jim I couldn’t agree more. I really don’t get it.

  5. Gertraud Says:

    Sometimes, perhaps, people with an incredibly ridiculous amount of money often have an equally ridiculous taste in art!…;-)

  6. Vince Hemmingson Says:

    My work is vastly better than anything Bresson has done.

  7. Scott Says:

    Vince Hemmingson Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    My work is vastly better than anything Bresson has done.

    Uh..Huh… And Christies is no doubt planning
    a major auction of never before seen Hemmingson’s as we speak.