Australian and International bidders were out in force for the sale of The Dinesh Parekh International Photograph Collection on 15 December 2013. The sale comprised a truly diverse range of more than 350 works by world renowned photographers from the 1840s-2000s. Remarkably, the entire sale was formed from the collection of Dinesh Parekh, a Melbourne based private collector.
This was a rare opportunity for Australian collectors to view and bid locally on images normally only seen in international auctions. The result was a saleroom of enthusiastic buyers competing with interstate, European and American bidders.
The highest prices of the day were achieved for works by two American photographers. Lot 236A, Musical Instruments by Irving Penn achieved $9,600 IBP against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-12,000 and lot 252, Male Nude With Thorns by Herb Ritts sold for $8,400 IBP ($5,000-7,000).
Fourteen works by Hungarian-French photographer Brassai also exceeded expectations. The highlight was lot 40, Grosse Poule, Place d’italie which was bought by a Melbourne collector for $$7,200 IBP ($3,000-5,000).
Contemporary works also performed strongly. Lot 272, Fortune Teller by Cindy Sherman sold for $2,640 IBP ($1,500-2,500) and lot 342, Journeys of the Mask by Joel-Peter Witkin that sold for $6,600 IBP (2,500-4,500).
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