Date: Fri 23-Apr-1999
Auction Universe Features Ansel Adams
By Rita Easton
NEW YORK CITY -- An Auction Universe online sale of 14 Ansel Adams photographs
began February 20 and ended March 8. The event celebrated the first-ever
combined gallery opening, that of the new Edward Carter Gallery, with an
online auction of the works of the master photographer.
Estimated market value of the collection was $125,000, while the actual gross
generated by Adams photos at the event was $40,720 from the sale of four
"Moonrise," an image from an eight by ten inch negative taken in 1941, a
modern gelatin silver print made by the artist circa 1976, went to a private
bidder at $24,500, which was the reserve. The approximately 15 by 19¬ inch
work was signed by the artist on the lower right recto of the mount, with
artist's "carmel 93921" stamp on the verso of the mount, mounted on and matted
to an acid-free board. It is considered Adams's most famous image.
"White House Ruin, Morning, Canyon de Chelly," taken at the National Monument
in Arizona, fetched $5,600, which was $200 above reserve. The negative was
taken in 1949, with the 1950 vintage gelatin silver contact print from
Portfolio II signed in pencil recto and mounted and matted with archival
"Ubehebe Crater," a circa 1950 negative, fetched $5,400, the reserve figure,
for the vintage gelatin silver contact print, also made in 1950 by the artist.
The image, taken near Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley at the National Monument,
measured 7« by 9« inches and was signed by the artist on the lower right recto
of the mount. It was numbered "28" in red ink.
A fourth image, "Vine and Rock," garnered $4,000.
The auction was covered by BidSafe, a service developed by Auction Universe to
increase online security by providing a money back guarantee for every trade
between BidSafe members -- both buyers and sellers -- and virtually eliminate
the possibility of fraud in transactions. BidSafe members have the security of
an intermediary in each transaction and primary insurance coverage in case of
loss or breakage in the mail.
The Edward Carter Gallery at 560 Broadway (at Prince Street) features the
world's largest available inventory of Ansel Adams' photographs.
Several other photographers were represented in the Carter auction, most
notably New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is an avid photography
enthusiast. His image, "Arterial Surgery," depicted a canyon-like view up
Fifth Avenue at 20th Street, with the street in the foreground excavated to
expose a large water main and workers feverishly repairing a break. The 16 by
20 inch gelatin silver print, framed and signed 1998, was initially offered
for a modest sum, but reached $1,020, going to a Brazilian lawyer. The
proceeds will be matched by Edward G. L. Carter, and will benefit City as
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