175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, a single-owner sale of the most significant collection of photographs in private hands, will take place at Sotheby's New York on 11 & 12 December 2014. Comprised of works from photography’s earliest years in the 1840s to contemporary 21st-century color images, the auction will feature major photographs by the medium’s most important practitioners. The collection was put together over several decades by financier and philanthropist Howard Stein (1926-2011), a legendary collector whose vision and keen understanding of photography informed his choices. Mr. Stein donated the collection to the Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), a not-for-profit organization founded by him to further the photographic arts and arts education. JGS is the sole beneficiary of the sale.
Highlights will be shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Paris prior to the full exhibition in New York. The pre-sale estimate of $13/20 million is the highest ever for a Photographs auction.
Outskirts of Morton, Mississippi
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD