Thursday, October 7, 2010

William Eggleston - Graceland portfolio

Amongst the highlights of Sotheby's New York photography sale held yesterday was a copy of William Eggleston's Graceland portfolio. This was published by Washington, D. C.'s Middendorf Gallery in 1984. The edition is of 31 copies plus 4 artist's proofs and is a portfolio of 11 dye-transfer prints, each signed in pencil and with the date and portfolio stamps and plate numbers. This edition was number '28' marked in pencil, on the reverse, each framed, 1983, printed in 1984; accompanied by the original clamshell portfolio box and printed matter.

Sotheby's pre-sale estimate was between 80,000 - 120,000 USD. The lot sold for 134,500 USD which includes the buyers premium. That's 12,227 USD an image. A great buy for somebody!

Over the years Eggleston has published a number of portfolio editions often 10 images in various edition sizes. These are worth checking out on his site:

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