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Screenshot, Phillips website


Screenshot, Phillips website


Screenshot, Phillips website


Screenshot, Phillips website

Phillips, October 3, 2017

“Under the Third Avenus ‘El’ – sold for $9,375.
[The Bowery. Beautiful “distortion” made in the mid-late 1950s, from a negative from the mid 1940s… “But there’s beauty in the street of forgotten men (and women)…” “Naked City,” p. 157.]

“Dressing room behind the circus ring, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus” – sold for $11,875.
[Silly matting. “Two trimmed sections…” WTF?]

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Unsold

Don’t think we’ve seen these photos before…

Attribution of the first photo is uncertain, not convinced Weegee made this photo, a 4×5 contact print. We’ll put this in the “probably not a Weegee photo” pile.

Second photo, “Cary Safe Co., Buffalo, N.Y.,” – open safe and hammer, etc., could be by Weegee, an “older” photo with “newer” stamps. We’ll put this in the “probably a Weegee photo” pile.

7″ x 9″
Sold for: $898.88

Perhaps more importantly, caption (slug) on the back says:

“CENSUS-TAKERS INVADE BOWERY”
New York: Down to the street of forgotten men – The Bowery – went Uncle Sam’s census-takers, April 8, to invade 15 cent flop houses, missions, etc. In quest of information for the 1940 census. A sad sight to meet their eyes was this – in an all night mission as 8 Bowery – were men without the price of a flop house sit and sleep on these benches.
Credit Line (ACME)
4/9/40 (WS)

(This image is in Weegee’s World, p.44, with what appears to be an incorrect title and date. Photo made in same place, presumably eight months later…)


Weegee’s World, p.44
“‘The Bowery, in all night mission, men sit on benches, … some thinking,’ December 26, 1940”


PM, December 26, 1940, p.15


“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…