Auctionata presents Photography, Modern and Contemporary Art in a two-session art sale

Nov 11, 2015, 14:21 ET from Auctionata

BERLIN and NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 20th, the leading online auction house Auctionata will present two highlight auctions dedicated to Photography and to Modern and Contemporary Art. Curated by the photography expert Miles Barth and Deborah Ripley and other Auctionata specialists in New York, the two consecutive auctions will offer 46 and 136 remarkable artworks. The outstanding highlight is the powerful portrait Seeking Martyrdom (1995) from Shirin Neshat's Women of Allah series (1993-1997). Both auctions are broadcasted via livestream on and are accessible to bidders worldwide.

The auction 'Photography' at 10 am EST begins with one of the great modernist masters of 20th century art photography, Andre Kertesz. Of exceptional note is Chez Mondrian (1926), one of the most iconic images of the 20th century and included in some of the most important public and private photography collections. It has a starting price of $6,000. Photographs from the mid-twentieth century are well represented with works of Helen Levitt, Louis Stettner, and Ruth Orkin.

The auction also represents the changing attitudes and the variety of approaches, styles, and techniques in photography through the works of prominent artists and photographers of the last forty years. The exceptional over-sized documentary classic by Sebastiao Salgado, Church Gate Station Bombay (1995), is only one of the highly prized contemporary photographs being offered with a starting price of $28,000.

The highlight of the contemporary works is Shirin Neshat's portrait Seeking Martyrdom (1995) from the Women of Allah series (1993-1997), depicting the struggles women face in Islamic society. It will be offered for a starting price of $55,000. Moreover, Andres Serrano's Blood Pope III (1991) - an oversized Cibachrome print from the Immersions series which contained his most published, exhibited, and controversial image, Piss Christ (1987) - will be called with a starting price of $30,000.

Expert Miles Barth states, "We are thrilled to present a sale of photographic icons and other important images from the 20th and 21st centuries. With an impressive selection of classic works by Andre Kertesz, Ruth Orkin, and Dorothy Norman, as well as masterful examples by contemporary photographers including Sebastiao Salgado, Andres Serrano, Nan Goldin and Shirin Neshat, this sale offers opportunities for photography collectors of all levels."

The highlight of the following auction 'Modern and Contemporary Art' at 12 pm EST is a rare photograph from 1924 by Man Ray of his fellow Surrealist, and the infamous founder of Dada, Tristan Tzara. The vintage gelatin silver print, which is signed, dedicated and inscribed by Man Ray, was given to the current owner who visited Man Ray in his studio in Paris in the 1970s. It will be offered for a starting price of $20,000. This is only the third time that a signed example has ever appeared at auction. The sale also features an eclectic group of other works by Man Ray and his fellow Surrealist artists.

Another stand-out among the group of Modern works is Marc Chagall's Les fiances aux deux bouquets (Paravent). This four-panel lithographic screen was completed at the same time Chagall was working on the ceiling for the Paris Opera House, evident in the overlapping romantic motifs. The starting price is $45,000. Other modern masters featured in this auction include Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and Ilya Chashnik. In addition, Andy Warhol is well represented with 19 works, including three from his 1986 Cowboys and Indians portfolio. There is also a unique painting on paper of General Custer, with a starting price of $55,000, which is the only known painting of Custer executed by Warhol.

Prints & Contemporary Art Director, Deborah Ripley, states, "We are delighted to continue our Fall season with a strong group of attractively priced Contemporary, Pop and Modern works on paper as well as a fine selection of sculpture multiples."

Both auctions are accessible to bidders worldwide and can be followed live on or via the "Auctionata Live" iPhone App. Moreover, there will also be a preview and book signing by David Seltzer on November 17th, at the Auctionata offices on 595 Madison Avenue, New York, alongside these sales.

Please find the auction catalogues and the invitation to the event under the following links:

High resolution pictures available upon request.

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