Last Thursday, a record sale for photography happened in New York. Sales from the Swann Auctions Gallery were proposed and displayed artistic photography and photobooks. Sales featured works from historical photographers such as Saul Leiter, Edwards S. Curtis and Ansel Adams. The latter saw the deluxe edition from his famous series, Yosemite and the Range of Light, sell for $ 20,000. An album of 67 photographs on China and Southeast Asia, dating from 1862 to 1872, also reached high expectancies, being sold for for $ 45,000.
The sale confirmed enthusiasm for American photographer Saul Leiter, who died in November 2013. Leiter is considered a pioneer of color photography. Observers of photographic markets and fairs certainly know high estimates for his photographs. This time, his work Waiter, Paris 1959 was sold for $ 25,000. The work was estimated at $ 9,000.one. Waiter, Paris, 1959 is considered to be one of the first photographs taken in color by the “New York Naby” (Pauline Vermare).