Photographer William Eggleston has always incorporated the latest innovations in printing techniques, beginning with his celebrated experimentation with the dye transfer process. It’s his large format photography, however, that’s the focus of an auction devoted to his masterworks at Christie’s next week in New York. A richly colored 1970 image of a tricycle is the highest valued lot at the sale, where it’s expected to realize $200,000-$300,000.
Update: Eggleston’s tricycle image sold for almost double its high estimate, or $578,500.
Eggleston’s work has typically found the unusual in the ordinary, and the highest values lots are all examples of his remarkable eye. Untitled pictures, saturated with color, of such familiar subjects as a ceiling light bulb, a child in a chair, and an elderly woman in a glider are all expected to sell for more than $100,000 at the March 12th event. Proceeds from the 36 lots will go to the William Eggleston Artistic Trust.