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 I absolutely 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 helped solidify him as one of American’s greatest photographers.
To see many of these iconic images in person for the first time – and to actually see Mr. Eggleston himself – was truly special for me. It turns out, the auction wasn’t just special to me; the sale raised nearly six million dollars for the trust, with the iconic tricycle image (Untitled, 1970) selling for an astonishing $578,500 alone. Incredible to see so much interest in Eggleston’s work, though nothing surprising when you consider the iconic nature of the Tennessee native’s photographs.