Online Auction: 13–19 May 2022 • 4:00 PM BST • London

Photographs 13–19 May 2022 • 4:00 PM BST • London

S otheby’s May Photographs auction features a range of material from the 20th and 21st centuries and illustrates the expressive breadth of the medium. The Photographs auction will give both established and first-time collectors the chance to acquire classic and contemporary works by some of the most celebrated names in photography, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Nobuyoshi Araki, Richard Learoyd, and many more.

Our highlights exhibition will run from 13 to 19 May at Sotheby’s London on New Bond Street. Please contact us ahead of time if there are specific works that you are interested in seeing as not all of the lots will be on view. Online bidding will be open from 13 to 19 May. Do not hesitate reach out to the Photographs Department for more information about lots in the sale or for bidding assistance.

Auction Highlights

Lee Miller: Sold to Benefit The Fitzrovia Chapel

Lee Miller’s Surgical Gloves Are Sterilised and Dried on Stands, Churchill Hospital, Oxford (Lot 29) is being sold with a portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Fitzrovia Chapel in London, where the exhibition Lee Miller: Nurses is on view until 5 June, 2022. To commemorate the exhibition, this image has been newly released as a limited-edition platinum-palladium print. The print on offer is number one from the edition of 10 and is sold with half of the platinum internegative. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of negative, and we hope it encourages conversations about this very special exhibition and photographic process.

Lee Miller, Surgical Gloves Are Sterilised and Dried on Stands, Churchill Hospital, Oxford. Estimate: £4,000–6,000.

Faceless Portraits

Playful, mysterious, or sensual, these photographs capture the essence of their subjects without revealing their faces.

Cooling Off

Summer is around the corner. Look forward to warmer days through Slim Aarons' iconic poolscape, William Klein's classic 'Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris,' and Gilles Bensimon's vibrant swimmers.

Japanese Photography

Explore a selection of ethereal and subtly erotic masterworks by Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Shinichi Maruyama, and others.

Bodies in Motion

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