This course offers an overview of buying photography at auction and coincides with the Photography sale at Christie’s. Geared towards the beginner to more seasoned collector or the curious photographer, this course provides the confidence to know when to raise your paddle. During the first two sessions, Alice Sachs Zimet takes a deep dive into the auction world to share the questions to ask and her top tips accumulated from over 35 years of collecting. Topics include how to bid, auction language, how to read a catalogue, condition issues, post-auction sales opportunities and benefit auctions. For Session 3, our guest speaker, Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s, will lead a conversation about the current state of the photography auction market and highlight lots from the upcoming photography sale.
Tuesdays, March 15, 22, 29
Alice Sachs Zimet
Alice Sachs Zimet, President, Arts + Business Partners (ABP) began to collect photography in 1985 and has amassed a collection of nearly 300 museum-quality images from 20th Century masters through the present. Alice is Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums; board member, Magnum Foundation; Chair, Acquisitions Committee, International Center of Photography (ICP); and on Faculty at the ICP School and Maine Media Workshops + College. “Collector Profiles" and other press include Private Air magazine, Artsy, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, New York Magazine, Inside Philanthropy, The Photograph Collector, and Art + Auction. Alice founded ABP to advise arts groups and business sponsors on corporate sponsorship, after a 20-year career as Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank. She created the first corporate sponsorship program in a commercial bank, worked across 14 countries and generated over $2 billion using the arts as a strategic marketing tool. Alice lives and works in New York City and continues to collect.
I enjoyed your recent course and think it would have been invaluable not only to people thinking of buying photographs at auction, but also to anyone thinking of starting to collect photographs. The considerations/pitfalls are pretty much the same.