If you’re keeping score, you can take out your pencil and scratch in a new record price for Edward Weston. On Wednesday night at Sotheby’s in New York, a rare platinum print of Weston’s “The Ascent of Angles,” from 1921, sold for $824,000. That just beat out the $822,400 paid in 2005 for a platinum print of Weston’s “The Breast.” Appraiser and consultant Dale Schultz made the winning bid for “Ascent” on behalf of an anonymous buyer.
The print came from the collection of the pioneering photography dealer Maggi Weston. Only one other print of the image is known to exist, and that one resides at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.