A yacht is the perfect place to display your art collection but, when it comes to choosing the top auction lots, what should be looking for? Here Vanessa Hallett, worldwide head of photographs and deputy chairman, Americas at Phillips, gives her expert advice on collecting photography...
What is the most important sale you have done?
This past year we presented The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation (JGS) , which was assembled by JGS’s founder Howard Stein. The sale featured rare and unique pieces by true masters of the medium, such as Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham and Robert Frank among many others, spanning from the beginning of photography to contemporary works. We set many records and to date it is one of the most impressive collections of photography to ever come to auction.
The most interesting piece you’ve sold?
A triptych by famed photographer Helmut Newton called Walking Women, Paris, 1981, which sold for $905,000 in 2015, setting an auction record for the artist that still stands today.