“Lot 125. Easter Sunday in Harlem. Silver print, the image measuring 13 1/4×10 1/2 inches (33.7×26.7 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with Weegee’s 451 West 47th Street, Credit Photo by Weegee the Famous, and Arthur (Weegee) Fellig hand stamps on verso. 1940; printed 1980s
Price Realized (with Buyer’s Premium) $1,750”


“Lot 126. The Critic. Silver print, the image meauring 10 1/2×13 1/4 (26.7×33.7 cm.), the sheet slighty larger, with Weegee’s 451 West 47th Street and Credit Photo by Weegee the Famous hand stamps on verso. 1943; printed 1980s
Price Realized (with Buyer’s Premium) $7,000”


“Lot 127. Couple in the park. Ferrotyped silver print, the image measuring 9×7 1/2 inches (22.8×19.1 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with Weegee’s Arthur Fellig Center Market Place hand stamp, Photo-Representatives, and Weegee The Famous hand stamps on verso. Circa 1940
Price Realized (with Buyer’s Premium) $975”
[Circa 1955]


“Lot 128. Vegetable Peddler. Silver print, the image measuring 12 3/4×10 5/8 inches (32.4×27 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with duplicate Weegee’s 451 West 47th Street hand stamps and his Credit Photo by Weegee the Famous hand stamp, on verso. 1946; printed 1980s
Price Realized (with Buyer’s Premium) $5,000”


“Lot 129. Coney Island. Silver print, the image measuring 10 5/8×13 3/8 inches (27×34 cm.), the sheet slighty larger, with Weegee’s 451 West 47th Street and Arthur Fellig Center Market Place hand stamps on verso. 1940; printed late 1950s-early 60s
Price Realized (with Buyer’s Premium) $13,750”
[Single weight paper – kinda unusual]

Weegee at Swann, April 2017 (April 20, 2017, “Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks.” Sale 2443.)

All above images (screenshots) and words are from the Swann Auction Gallery website: swanngalleries.com

Except for the Coney and concert in the Village photos, the 11″x14″ paper was double weight, with a slightly textured surface, and not insignificantly, had well-rounded edges and corners. The intriguing thing about these four photos is “old” stamps on “new” prints. It’s significant that the “Weegee the Famous” stamp was in black ink; the 451 West 47th Street (if we recall correctly) was an early West 47th Street stamp; and the “Arthur (Weegee) Fellig” stamp was a Hollywood stamp…


PM, April 23, 1944, pp.m4-5

Fire Alarm
Weegee calls this his favorite photo. It was made at dawn recently on Manhattan’s Lower East Side during a tenement house fire. ‘The couple on the sidewalk,’ Weegee told us, ‘are watching the fire and hoping their belongings will not be burned. That is, the ones which the man had to leave behind.’ What happens to New Yorkers when they’re burned out of their homes? Well, the Emergency Welfare Division of the Department of Welfare takes them under its wing; finds temporary quarters for them in hotels, rooming houses or the Municipal Lodging House; helps them find new permanent homes; provides emergency food, clothing and even money for expenses. Families with very low incomes and those on relief get replacements of destroyed clothing and furniture free of charge. Clothing and blankets are kept in a Division warehouse and are rushed to citizens whom fire has forced to jump out of bed and flee into the cold night.” PM, April 23, 1944, pp.m5


US Camera, 1944, p. 40

“How these pictures were made.
SALVAGE from a tenement house fire is a typical Weegee shot. He says: “The other photogs on the job thought I was nuts to turn my camera on the spectators instead of the fire – but of all the pix I’ve made, I like this the best.” Made with a 4×5″ news camera, fast pan film, one flash bulb, in 1/200th of a secons at f/16.”


Naked City, 1945, p. 71

“A couple driven out from the burning tenement… I don’t know their names… but I did hear someone call him ‘Pincus’… so here they are right across the street from their burning tenement… it looks like Pincus had time to grab a woman’s dress… his best coat… but minus the pants…” Naked City, 1945, p. 71


“Tenement fire, 1945.” Weegee, 1977, p. 65


“The clothing has been saved, 1943.” Weegee’s New York, 1982, p. 34


“A couple driven out from the burning tenement…” Weegee’s World, 1997 p. 120


Screenshots from “The Set-Up”

The best movie that Weegee was in, “The Set-Up” (“Shangri-La” and “My Bare Lady” being runner-ups:-), features Weegee as time-keeper for a boxing match…

(To be continued…)