The sale of Photographs brought a total of £1,422,375 ($2,073,823), with 25% of the buyers new to Sotheby’s.
Rarely seen at auction, Irving Penn’s breath-taking Mouth (For L’Oreal), New York commanded the top price, selling for £221,000. His portrayal of female lips marks a legacy of timelessly elegant photographs which captured an unexpected and surreal beauty.
An iconic photograph of supermodels laughing on the beach by Peter Lindbergh – encapsulating his fresh, pioneering style, and his ability to capture effortless, natural beauty – sold for £81,250, a new auction record for this subject by the photographer.
Richard Avedon aimed to reveal the true character of his subjects in his portraits. Whilst photographing Marilyn Monroe in his New York studio in May 1957, he was able to capture the ‘real’ Marilyn Monroe. Estimated at £30,000-50,000, his image of one of the world’s most photographed stars whose charms, splendour and flirtations with tragedy were made wildly public – sold for £77,500.
This year Sotheby’s offers an unrivalled selection of iconic works in the forthcoming Photographs auction on 19 May in London.
With a strong emphasis on fashion and glamour, the sale opens with iconic works by Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe. The auction’s two top lots belong to Irving Penn’s breathtaking Mouth (for L’Oreal) (lot 78, estimate: £180,000–230,000), which will be only the third time this work has come up for auction, and for which we hold the world record sale price, and Peter Lindbergh’s Mathilde (lot 22, estimate: £100,000–150,000), a unique, oversized work and a tribute to Erwin Blumenfeld.
A chapter is dedicated to Thierry Marlat, the Parisian gallerist who has succeeded in collecting some of America’s greatest photographers, including spectacular examples by Edward and Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, William Eggleston and Lee Friedlander.
An outstanding work by the revered and highly collectable artists Bernd and Hilla Becher is for sale, as are key pieces from their Dusseldorf School pupils Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Axel Hutte. A wonderfully varied selection of works by Peter Beard is on offer alongside covetable pieces by Nick Brandt, Sebastiao Salgado and Steve McCurry. Iconic photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama feature prominently.
With such a diverse offering of major works from blue-chip artists, this exciting sale promises to deliver something for all buyers, from the seasoned collector to the budding connoisseur.
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|4||Please note that this is a pigment print, and not a silver print as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|10||Please note the edition number of this print is 1/3.|
|12||This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|13||Please note the correct title of this work is 'Charles Jourdan, Autumn', 1977, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|17||Please note the title of this work is 'Guy Bourdin', c. 1977, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|22||Please note this is a pigment print from the original negative and not a silver print.|
|40||Please note that Vladimír Birgus, who has authenticated this photograph, is Head of the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University in Opava. Please also note that the provenance should read: Antikvariát 28. října, Praha 1, purchased in the late 1970s.|
|43||This Lot has been re-added to the sale.|
|93||Please note the edition number of this work is 6/18 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|94||Please note this Lot should have a W symbol in the printed catalogue and will be sent to Greenford Park Warehouse following the sale.|
|106||Please note this Lot should have a W symbol in the printed catalogue and will be sent to Greenford Park Warehouse following the sale.|
|107||Please note this Lot should have a W symbol in the printed catalogue and will be sent to Greenford Park Warehouse following the sale.|
|121||Please note the correct orientation of the image should be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise from what it is in the printed catalogue.|