NEW YORK, N.Y. – A collection of 175 photographs owned by the late CEO of Dreyfus Corp. has brought a total of $21.3 million at auction.
The works range from daguerreotypes (duh-GEHR’-uh-typs) to contemporary images. They were amassed by Howard Stein, who died in 2011.
Sotheby’s says the sale exceeded the previous record for a photographs auction by $6 million.
It also set records for a number of photographers including Alvin Langdon Coburn, August Sander and Tina Modotti.
The highest price went for Coburn’s 1905 “Shadows and Reflections, Venice.” It sold for $965,000 to an American collector.
The auctioneer’s pre-sale estimate for the 175 works was $13 million to $20 million.
They were offered for sale by a non-profit, Joy of Giving Something. Stein founded it to support photographic arts and arts education.