Pier 24 Photography from the Pilara Family Foundation Sold to Benefit Charitable Organizations will be offered at Sotheby’s New York beginning this May across a series of single-owner sales throughout 2023.
Opened to the public in 2010, Pier 24 Photography is the home of the Pilara Family Foundation Collection, which today exceeds 4,000 works spanning the history of the medium. It is particularly rich in portraiture, American color photography, contemporary Bay area photography, and the industrial landscape. Located on San Francisco’s historic Embarcadero, Pier 24 Photography is one of the largest spaces in the world devoted to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting photography. It has produced 11 exhibitions, published more than 20 books, provided free public programming, and collaborated with innumerable contemporary photographers on commissions and exhibition-related projects.
Pier 24 Photography from the Pilara Family Foundation Sold to Benefit Charitable Organizations will be offered at Sotheby’s New York beginning this May across a series of single-owner sales throughout 2023. One of the most significant collections of photographs to ever come to auction, the sale series will launch with a season-defining Evening sale on May 1, showcasing a selection of the Foundation’s key masterworks by Richard Avedon, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nicholas Nixon, Dorothea Lange, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, and Garry Winogrand, among others.
In July 2025, the Pilara Foundation will pivot its philanthropic focus by transitioning to a granting foundation focused on supporting organizations devoted to healthcare research, education, and the arts. 100% of the proceeds from the auctions of Pier 24 Photography from the Pilara Family Foundation Sold to Benefit Charitable Organizations will provide direct benefit to critical programs and research that will impact communities in need.
There will be a full exhibition in advance of the auctions on 1 May and 2 May.
New York | 27–30 April
Highlights from the Collection will debut to the public in Sotheby's New York galleries from 4–9 March, followed by a series of global travelling exhibitions at various Sotheby's locations (full schedule below).
New York | 4–9 March, 1–4 April, 14–21 April
Palm Beach | 23–26 March
Hong Kong | 1–5 April
London | 12–16 April
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