Robert Mapplethorpe
Christie’s 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 hasn’t recovered. Prices soared at all three houses. Sotheby’s 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 Christie’s, 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).