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Irving Penn
Woman in Moroccan palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrake
1951
$307,200
Christieís New York
Oct. 10, 2005
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Art Market Watch


Oct. 14, 2005The fall photography auctions have come and gone, and the results are so staggering that the New York photo world still hasnít recovered. Prices soared at all three houses. Sothebyís set a new world record for a 20th-century photo -- $720,000 at the hammer, $822,400 with the auction-house premium -- not once but twice. As for Christieís, it claimed a new record for a photographic lot, when a set of portfolios of The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis sold for $1.4 million (though of course the 20 volumes include some 1,500 works).

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