From 12 to 26 September Sotheby’s held a selling exhibition of photographs of legendary actress Vivien Leigh by acclaimed photographer Cecil Beaton, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of her death and the sale of The Vivien Leigh Collection on 26 September. Proceeds from the sale of prints will benefit The Old Vic as the theatre itself heads for an important anniversary, turning 200 in May 2018. Beaton and Leigh first became friends in Edinburgh when Leigh was starring in a George Bernard Shaw play. Beaton subsequently photographed Vivien on film sets and for many fashion shoots. Click ahead to see some of these stunning portraits which are still available to purchase through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecil Beaton: Portraits of Vivien Leigh featuring Laurence Olivier
London 12 - 26 September
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© The Literary Executors of the Late Sir Cecil Beaton