Re: Gum at Christies New York
I suppose it does no good to speculate, but I've been puzzling why it is that Steichen's gums, or gum over whatevers, have sold for so much more; in fact his moon over the pond cyanogum I believe still holds the record for highest price paid yet for a photograph, a couple of years ago (I don't now remember the price, but someone probably does). Way more than $9,000, which I actually think is a steal for a Demachy, even though like you, I'm not keen on the Symbolist content. I suppose it has mostly to do with name recognition, and then to a lesser extent with a more universally appealing content. Steichen's evokes a universally accessible mood, an emotion, where Demachy's is more interesting in an academic sense as a record of a style that was popular once but now seems just curious.
On Apr 16, 2007, at 7:31 AM, Peter Marshall wrote:
Anyone feeling rich?