Weegee at Swann, April 2017


“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…

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