Feb 17, 2009 - Sale 2169

Sale 2169 - Lot 9

Price Realized: $ 2,400
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Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983)
Alpha Phi Alpha Basketball Team.

Silver print, 1926. 240x180 mm; 9 3/8x7 1/8 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed "N.Y.C." by VanDerZee in the negative. Printed in the 1950s.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private New York collection.

One of VanDerZee's most recognizable images, this iconic photograph shows a Harlem fraternity basketball team seated on the steps of their house
. There are prints of this photograph in many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.