Los Alamos photos by William Eggleston sold for $1,022,500

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Los Alamos photos by William Eggleston sold for $1,022,500

Photograps titled “Los Alamos, 1965-1974” by William Eggleston was sold for $1,022,500, almost two times over the pre-auction estimates.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to see larger images, but click through the image to Christie’s site, then click again on the image there in order to see a somewhat larger view.

From the lot note
“While driving through New Mexico in 1973, William Eggleston stopped at Los Alamos, the forested site of the atomic bomb’s clandestine development. He chose Los Alamos as the title for a sprawling body of work then nearing completion: approximately twenty-two hundred images photographed between 1965 and 1974. This title cloaks with some irony Eggleston’s ostensible subjects, yet acknowledges his belief in the aesthetic consequences of his private quest.

The photographs that make up this selection from Los Alamos begin at the beginning, with the first color photograph Eggleston made, of a grocery clerk pushing a shopping cart; include the center of his world- Memphis and the Mississippi Delta; trace his travels west from New Orleans to Las Vegas and southern California; and end on the Santa Monica Pier.

That day in New Mexico, passing through the piƱon woods of the Jemez Mountains, past the guard gates of the National Laboratory, Eggleston turned with a small smile and said, ‘You know, I’d like to have a secret lab like that myself.’ It seems clear from the investigations collected in Los Alamos that he already had found the key to his proper place of research.” – Walter Hopps (Los Alamos portfolio introduction)

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