Oct 25, 2016 - Sale 2426

Sale 2426 - Lot 106

Price Realized: $ 65,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky. Silver print, the image measuring 9 1/2x13 1/4 inches (24.1x33.7 cm.), the mount 15 3/4x20 inches (38.7x50.8 cm.), with Bourke-White's initials and edition notation 3/200, in pencil, on mount recto, and the LIFE label with Bourke-White's printed facsimile signature, on mount verso. 1936; printed circa 1970

Additional Details

From the Witkin Gallery, New York, New York; to a Private Collector.

According to the Witkin Gallery's original invoice, 'Only nine prints were made of the projected 200, so the correct edition notation should be 3/9.'

Bourke-White had arranged with LIFE to publish a portfolio of 12 classic images, of which The Louisville Flood was the first picture. Due to her death in 1971, the publication was never completed or fulfilled. In the 1990s, the LIFE Gallery of Photography began issuing posthumous prints from Bourke-White's negatives in a slightly smaller format. These later LIFE photographs were produced with Bourke-White's embossed facsimile signature in an edition of 50 numbered copies, which quickly sold out.