Untitled Andreas Gursky print realises 156% increase on estimate

An untitled print by photographer Andreas Gursky beat an estimate of $199,288 by 155.9%, achieving $510,053 at Sotheby's November 14 photography sale in Paris.

The image is typical of Gursky's work, which focuses on manmade structures and systems - in this case represented by a repeating pattern of perfume bottles.

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Gursky's work focuses on manmade systems

It makes heavy use of digital manipulation, a technique that he popularised.

Large format works like the present lot tend to achieve strong figures at auction, as evidenced by the sale of Rhine II for $4.3m at Christie's New York in 2011.

More recently an image titled Chicago Board of Trade III sold for £2.2m ($3.3m) in London in June last year.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's Photogram VIII (1922) sold for $73,612 against a $62,278 estimate, an increase of 18.1%.

Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was a key figure in the Bauhaus movement.

Another photogram dating to 1925 sold for $1.5m in a sale at Sotheby's New York in 2012.

The sale also included works from a diverse range of artists, including Hannah Hoch and Zhang Huan.

A major photography sale is due to take place at Sotheby's New York on December 11.

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