DOVIMA WITH ELEPHANTS, EVENING DRESS BY DIOR, CIRQUE D'HIVER, PARIS
signed and editioned '11/100' in pencil and with the photographer's title, edition, and copyright stamps on the reverse, framed, 1955, printed later
10 by 7⅞ in. (25.4 by 20 cm.)
This photograph, on double-weight Agfa paper with a surface sheen, is in generally excellent condition. Upon extremely close inspection in raking light, a few faint hairline scratches are visible in the left portion of the image and one in the lower right quadrant. The margin edges are gently rippled and very faintly age-darkened.
There is minor soiling on the reverse. There are 2 small hinge remnants along the upper edge.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Harper's Bazaar, September 1955, p. 215
Avedon Photographs: 1947-1977 (New York, 1978), back cover and pl. 159
Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994 (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1994), p. 53
Richard Avedon, Woman in the Mirror (New York, 2005), p. 37
Michael Juul Holm, ed., Richard Avedon - Photographs 1946-2004 (Humlebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2007), p. 35
Carol Squiers, Vince Aletti, et al., Avedon Fashion 1944-2000: The Definitive Collection (New York: The International Center of Photography, 2009), p. 13 and 172-3