Cecil Beaton Studio Archive


The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive is a celebratory record of the 20th century’s most influential figures, seen through the eyes of British photographer and award-winning set and costume designer Cecil Beaton. Located at Sotheby’s London and managed by Art Agency, Partners, the archive consists of over 100,000 negatives and 9,000 vintage prints from Beaton’s personal collection. Cecil Beaton negotiated the transfer of his private archive to Sotheby’s in 1977 to preserve it for future generations. Today, the collection – some of which is still stored in Beaton’s original filing cabinets – is available to license and reproduce in print, on film and television, and for exhibition worldwide. Posthumous prints of selected images from the archive are available for sale online.

Licensing & Purchasing

A selection of images from the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, including those not featured on this website, is available to purchase or license.

Purchase a Print | License a Print

High priest of taste, designer of genius, and intimate of royalty, Cecil Beaton was one of the most stylish photographers ever.


Purchase a Print
To purchase a limited edition posthumous print, please complete the following form.

Posthumous Print Editions 2018

Platinum Prints/Giclée Prints (Colour)

Format:Edition Numbers:Suggested retail price excluding taxes and frames:
14 x 11" / 36 x 28 cm1 - 33,000 GBP
 4 - 65,000 GBP
 7 - 9 8,000 GBP
20 x 16" / 51 x 41 cm1 - 34,000 GBP
 4 - 67,000 GBP
 7 - 910,000 GBP
24 x 20" / 61 x 51 cm1 - 25,000 GBP
 3 - 48,000 GBP
 5 - 6 12,000 GBP
40 x 30" / 102 x 76 cm1 - 210,000 GBP
 3 - 4 15,000 GBP

License an Image
Images from Cecil Beaton are available to license through the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive. Uses may include books, magazines, TV and film, web and digital, and exhibitions. For all licensing enquires, please complete the following form.