Rudolf Koppitz' Movement Study headlines at Westlicht

Bewegungsstudie (Movement Study) by Rudolf Koppitz was the headline lot at Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna on November 21, achieving $92,995.

The print dates to 1925 and is signed by the Austrian photographer.

Koppitz Movement study
Koppitz was a key figure in the photo-secessionist movement

Koppitz is associated with the photo-secessionist movement, which was instrumental in establishing photography as an art form.

Other secessionists include the American Alfred Stieglitz, whose portrait of his wife Georgia O'Keefe sold for $302,500 at Phillips New York in April last year.

Bernd and Hilla Becher's collection of eight prints, "Ansichten eines Wohnhauses in Birken bei Siegen", realised $52,077.

The Bechers were massively influential on subsequent generations of German photographers, most notably Andreas Gursky, who studied under them in Dusseldorf.

A collection of prints showing industrial facades realised $125,000 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York earlier this year.

The King and Queen of a Senior Dance by Diane Arbus made $57,092.

The image was taken in New York in 1970, the year before her suicide. This particular print was produced by Neil Selkirk, a photographer and friend of Arbus, in 1973.

Prints produced by Arbus herself tend to auction for sums in the mid six figure range.

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