A little while back I went to the preview for an auction of William Eggleston prints at Christie’s, a sale that was arranged to benefit the Eggleston Artistic Trust. It was a particu;arly interesting event for me for a few different reasons. First because IÂ absolutelyÂ love Eggleston’s photography (and the man is one of my favorite living artists), and also because the auction consisted of large format digital pigment prints, a rare departure from the dye-transfer prints that helpedÂ solidifyÂ him as one of American’s greatest photographers.
To see many of these iconic images in person for the first time â€” and to actually see Mr. Eggleston himself â€” was truly special for me. It turns out, the auction wasn’t just special to me; the saleÂ raised nearly six million dollarsÂ for the trust, with the iconic tricycle image (Untitled, 1970) selling for an astonishing $578,500 alone. Â Incredible to see so much interest in Eggleston’s work, though nothing surprising when you consider the iconic nature of theÂ TennesseeÂ native’s photographs.