On March 16th, Leland Little, a small auction house in Hillsborough, NC, sold a group of Alfred Stieglitz oversized photogravures. Each of the photogravures were reportedly individually chosen and given to Katherine Rhoades by Stieglitz himself, and many have his notations. The pieces were placed in auction by her grandniece, Barbara Rhoades, who lives in North Carolina. Katherine N. Rhoades was a woman whose beauty and artistic skills captured the eye and interest of Stieglitz, resulting in a life-long friendship between the two.
All the photogravures were oversized and dry-mounted to a mat board apparently by Stieglitz. But the mounting is hardly archival and the materials are fragile, making conservation challenging.
Prices Realized (including 18% premium)
Lot 44 The Steerage, 10 1/2 x 13 3/16 in. (image), tissue, sold for $65,000.
Lot 45 The Street, Fifth Avenue, 9.25 x 12 in. (image), sold for $59,000.
Lot 46 The Flatiron, 6.5 x 12.75 in. (image), sold for $70,800.
Lot 49 City of Ambition, 10.25 x 13.25 in. (image), sold for $47,200.
Lot 50 Hand of Man, 9 3/8 x 12.5 in. (image), sold for $70,000.
Thanks to Alex Novak at IphotoCentral for his help with this post.