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A Bolt of Inspiration

Collector and philanthropist Fred Bidwell sits down with us in Cleveland to share the story of he and his wife Laura’s journey as collectors and cultural leaders.

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    28 September 2023

    Phillips To Offer Photographs Spanning More than a Century in Expansive Live Auction

    Starring Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Hank Willis Thomas, Laurie Simmons, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Eggleston, and more on 11 October

    Auction to Feature HIGH VOLTAGE: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Bidwell

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    25 September 2023

    HIGH VOLTAGE: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Bidwell to be Sold in Phillips’ New York Photographs Sale on 11 October

    Featuring Works by the Most Prominent Names in Contemporary Photography, Including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hank Willis Thomas, Zanele Muholi, Lee Friedlander, and Stephen Shore, Among Others

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    29 June 2023

    Phillips Presents SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction from 7 to 14 July 2023

    Featuring an Exclusive Curation of Iconic Works Including those by Terry O’Neill, David Bailey, Bruce Weber, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr, and Mick Rock

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The Photographs Department

Phillips' Photographs department leads the field by anticipating and engaging with ever-evolving collecting trends. Distinguished by our balanced presentation of classic and contemporary works, we achieve top results across all genres, from current stars to masters who have come to define the medium.

Our high standards for quality and long-standing relationships with collectors are the foundations of our success. These key characteristics enabled us to set more than 100 world auction records for renowned artists spanning the history of the medium from the 19th century to today, including the world auction record for Helmut Newton with Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981, achieving $1,820,000 in April 2019, breaking our previous auction record for the artist.

The Photographs department realizes robust results for our single-owner sale consignors, champions new talent—setting incredible sale-price precedents when introducing Alex Prager, Ruud Van Empel and Awol Erizku to auction—and continually innovates our sales. ULTIMATE, our unique platform in London features exclusive auction highlights and showcases rare-to-market masterworks; past partners for ULTIMATE include Vogue and Calvin Klein.
Our tenured International Photographs department—headquartered in New York and London, with representatives strategically positioned across the globe—cultivates connections with key market figures, from curators and collectors to advisors and dealers. Our ability to produce consistent, substantial returns while setting world auction records reflects our profound commitment to our clients and our ability to bring premier examples of the medium to auction.

If you are interested in receiving a valuation, selling your photographs with Phillips, or would like advice on growing your collection, please contact us at or +1 212 940 1252.

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