Following the success of the December 2012 auction of The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration, and the July 2013 online only auction of Boundless: 125 Years of National Geographic Photography, Christie’s is honored to partner with The National Geographic Society a third time to present the online only sale of Timeless: National Geographic as Celebrated by TASCHEN Books. The online sale will be open for bidding from November 19 through December 3.
It will encompass 125 of the most remarkable images illustrated in National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years, TASCHEN’s new three volume tribute to National Geographic and its globally renowned photography. Produced in a limited edition printing of individually numbered copies worldwide, this important book set celebrates the National Geographic’s rich history in the fields of geography, archaeology, exploration, science, wildlife and world cultures through evocative images.
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The sale is led by an extremely rare version of TASCHEN’s tribute to National Geographic. This book set is #5 of only five sets that have been signed by 43 of National Geographic’s most influential photographers, including signatures from current notable photographers such as Brian Skerry and Frans Lanting to golden age legends such as William Allard and James Stanfield. This set will be the only one made available for sale. The first copy will be presented to President Barack Obama, and the additional three sets will be retained by TASCHEN and National Geographic for their archives. #5 has been estimated at $10,000-15,000.
The 125 images being offered within the online auction come from the famed National Geographic archives, and showcase the breadth and universal appeal of National Geographic's photography. The photographs, which have been newly printed in limited editions, include contemporary and vintage works from such influential photographers as Steve McCurry, David Doubilet, David Alan Harvey and Joel Sartore. Special highlights include George Shiras' pioneering work with nighttime photography, Herbert G. Ponting's documentation of early polar expeditions, and Maynard Owen Williams' chronicle of the Middle East, all originally dating back to the early 1900s. The auction also includes Kodachrome depictions of mid-century America, vibrant underwater photography of marine species, and technical masterpieces of landscapes, culture and wildlife. Estimates for the newly printed photographs will range from $400-6,000.
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2012 that totaled £2.2 billion/$3.5 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £413.4 million/ $661.5 million in the first half of 2012, an increase of 53% on the previous year.
Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India, and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees, or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Founded in 1888, the Society is member supported and offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 450 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.
TASCHEN, founded in 1980, is one of the most successful fine art book publishers in the world. With its eclectic mix of subject matters including art, architecture, photography, fashion, travel, lifestyle, classics, and the odd sexy book thrown in for good measure, TASCHEN has managed to build a very faithful international clientele. As an established International brand and global leader of coffee table books, TASCHEN books are distributed around the world and published in over 20 languages.
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