Anniversary auctions at Bukowskis presenting Karin & Lars Hall Collection

Irving Penn: 'Woman with Roses on Her Arm (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in Lafaurie Dress)' & 'Nude 58'


“Lars truly loved photography, it was his greatest interest. Photography has always had a strong connection to graphic art and mass media, which spoke to him as an art director and adman.”

– Karin Hall



Photography was something very close to Lars Hall’s heart. The first exhibition of photography that he saw was Edward Steichen’s Vi människor – The Family of Man, shown at Liljevalchs Konsthall in 1957. At that time he could have never imagined that 44 years later his own collection would be on display in the same spot. The exhibition 396 Fotografiska förälskelser (396 Photographic Love Affairs) from 2001 was curated by Niclas Östlind. When Bukowskis, in the autumn of 2012, sold 161 images by Swedish photographers from Hall’s collection Östlind described the story behind the Liljevalchs exhibition title:

To be honest, I’m no collector was the surprising comment Lars Hall uttered as we were making the selection for the show that we came to call 396 Photographic Love Affairs […]. Considering the number of images accumulated throughout the years the statement was somewhat contradictory. He noticed my surprise, as after all we were surrounded by the photographic collection assembled by Hall and his wife Karin: Of course, it is a collection, but there hasn’t been a plan of action. Each image is like a love affair and that’s a sentiment that’s only grown stronger with time.

It is a unique opportunity to be able to present a photographic collection of this importance. When the collection was at its biggest it contained more than 400 photographs. Many of the images are iconic in the history of photography, others less well known. What they all have in common is that they were handpicked by people with a great sense for quality and knowledge about the development of the media. Furthermore, the collection very much reflects Karin and Lars Hall’s personal taste. Through their passionate interest, auction finds, gallery visits and gifts Hall’s collection expanded. During the years many photographs have passed through it.

To the left; August Sander, 'Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne'.

From the left; Mark Cohen 'Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, June 1975' / Ralph Gibson 'From the series: Days at Sea' / Irving Penn 'Cuzco Children' / André Kertész 'Satiric Dancer, Paris' / Edouard Boubat 'Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris'.

Due to the great size of the collection, the sale will be divided into several auctions. Bukowskis has previously sold a large part of the Swedish works and we now have the pleasure to offer you sixty images of predominantly international photographers. There will also be an online sale in 2021.

Lars Hall (1938-2018) was a successful and award-winning adman, art director and creator, who’s had an enormous influence on the Swedish advertising world. He has been called Sweden’s greatest ever art director. From 1977 to 1983 he ran, together with his partners at the legendary advertising agency Hall & Cederquist and the photographer Lennart Durehed, the mythical gallery Camera Obscura.

The gallery was the first in Sweden to focus entirely on photography. They exhibited many international photographers that today we consider iconic. Images by Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Edward Weston and Christer Strömholm, amongst others, were displayed at the gallery in Stockholm’s Old Town. The market for and interest in photography in Sweden at that time was completely different from now, and it is difficult to imagine from a contemporary perspective just how radical a gallery dedicated to photography was. In New York, the photographic scene was flourishing with galleries exhibiting and selling works of both contemporary and historical photographers and MoMa had already had their photographic section for 30 years. Both Lars Hall and Lennart Durehed had been to New York and seen what was possible. When the gallery opened no equivalent institution existed in Scandinavia. Camera Obscura’s first show was a solo-exhibition of Irving Penn’s photographs. All in all Camera Obscura exhibited Penn’s work four times and it was here that his platinum prints were shown for the first time in Europe.

I sincerely hope that many more people will come to experience the love affair with photography that Lars Hall described. This auction includes about sixty images that all deserve to be loved and to find new places in other people’s homes and hearts, says Karin Aringer, Specialist photography and contemporary art.


When is the viewing and auction?

Contemporary Art & Design
Viewing: 5 – 9 November, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Auction: 10 November, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm
The catalogue will go live on 28 October

Alla objects in the collection


306. Alexander Liberman, "Irving Penn and Lisa Fonssagrives, New York, 1950".
Hammer price 
50 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
307. William Klein, "Bikini, Moscow, 1959".
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
308. André Kertész, "Satiric Dancer, Paris", 1926.
Hammer price 
100 000 SEK
Estimate 
35 000 - 40 000 SEK
309. André Kertész, "Quatour, Paris", 1926.
Hammer price 
14 000 SEK
Estimate 
18 000 - 20 000 SEK
310. Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Untitled, 1950's.
Hammer price 
7 000 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
311. Edouard Boubat, "Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris", 1955.
Hammer price 
24 500 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 12 000 SEK
312. Edouard Boubat, "Orléans, France", 1977.
Hammer price 
9 000 SEK
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
313. Edouard Boubat, "Inde", 1962.
Hammer price 
6 000 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
314. Edouard Boubat, "Portugal", 1957.
Hammer price 
6 000 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
315. Jan Groover, "Untitled", 1979.
Hammer price 
26 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
316. Mark Cohen, "Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, June 1975".
Hammer price 
26 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
317. Annie Leibovitz, "Andrée Putman, New York, 1989".
Hammer price 
55 000 SEK
Estimate 
35 000 - 40 000 SEK
318. Annie Leibovitz, "Stealth Bomber, Langley Air Base, Virginia", 1991.
Hammer price 
30 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 SEK
319. Duane Michals, "I Build a Pyramid", 1978.
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
320. Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 284 from "Animal Locomotion", 1887.
Hammer price 
13 000 SEK
Estimate 
7 000 - 10 000 SEK
321. Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 305 from "Animal Locomotion", 1887.
Hammer price 
10 000 SEK
Estimate 
7 000 - 10 000 SEK
322. Isabel Munoz, "De la série Tango (couple, chaussures, bas de la robe)", 1989.
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
323. Isabel Munoz, "De la série Flamenco (nombril)", 1989.
Hammer price 
17 000 SEK
Estimate 
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
324. Joel Meyerowitz, "Edmond Wilson Cottage, Cape Cod, Wellfleet", 1976.
Hammer price 
13 000 SEK
Estimate 
7 000 - 10 000 SEK
326. Irving Penn, "Cuzco Children", 1948.
Hammer price 
320 000 SEK
Estimate 
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
328. August Sander, "The Pharmacist, Linz, 1931".
Hammer price 
7 000 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
329. Karl Blossfeldt, "Urformen der Kunst", 1928 (22 parts).
Hammer price 
55 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
330. Eugène Atget, "L'Eclipse, Place de la Bastille", 1912.
Hammer price 
7 500 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
331. Eugène Atget, "Caleche", 1910.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
332. Eugène Atget, "Faucheur", before 1900.
Hammer price 
6 000 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
333. Ralph Gibson, From the series "Days at Sea", 1974.
Hammer price 
26 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
334. Ralph Gibson, "The Chinese Pavillion", 1973.
Hammer price 
34 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
336. Irving Penn, "Nude 58", 1950.
Hammer price 
300 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 300 000 SEK
337. Tom Sandberg, Untitled, 1989.
Hammer price 
30 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
338. Tom Sandberg, Untitled, 1979.
Hammer price 
30 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
339. Tom Sandberg, Untitled, 1981.
Hammer price 
30 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
340. Dawid (Björn Dawidsson), "#2120", 1985.
Hammer price 
17 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
341. Irving Penn, "Nude", 1949-1950.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
150 000 - 200 000 SEK
342. Imogen Cunningham, "Phoenix Recumbent", 1968.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
343. Imogen Cunningham, "Aiko's Hands", 1971.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
344. Imogen Cunningham, "Rubber Plant", ca 1929.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
345. William Henry Fox Talbot, "Bust of Patroclus", 1842.
Hammer price 
42 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
346. William Henry Fox Talbot, "Melrose Abbey, Scotland", 1844.
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
347. William Henry Fox Talbot, "Lacock Abbey", 1842.
Hammer price 
38 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
348. Edward Weston, "Church Door, Hornitus, California, 1940".
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 SEK
349. Edward Weston, "Nude", 1927.
Hammer price 
15 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
350. Charles Jones, "Seeding Pansies", 1900-1902.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
351. Charles Jones, "Potato Midlothian Early, Ote Hall, Sussex", 1900-1902.
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
352. Joel-Peter Witkin, "Lisa Lyons as the Anavyssos Kouros", 1983.
Hammer price 
20 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
353. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, "Zissou et Madeleine Thibault, Rouzat", 1911.
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 SEK
354. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, "Simone Roussel", 1913.
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
355. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, "Papa et Maman, Pont-de-l'Arche", 1902.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
356. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, "Renée, Paris, janvier, 1931".
Hammer price 
19 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 SEK
357. Jacques-Henri Lartigue, "Tentative de vol de Zissou, Chatelguyon", 1905.
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
358. Hans Gedda, Untitled, 1988.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
359. Per Maning, "Dvergflodhest, Aalborg, 1991".
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
360. David Octavius Hill & Robert S. Adamson, "Lady Mary Ruthven", 1845.
Hammer price 
15 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 30 000 SEK
361. David Octavius Hill & Robert S. Adamson, "John Gibson Lockhart", 1840's.
Hammer price 
20 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 20 000 SEK
362. 12 photographs of Kabylian children, ca 1910.
Hammer price 
15 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK


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Björn Extergren
Stockholm
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fineart. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
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Karin Aringer
Stockholm
Karin Aringer
Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art,
+46 (0)702 63 70 57
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Stockholm
Louise Wrede
Specialist Contemporary Art
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Stockholm
Marcus Kinge
Specialist Prints
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