Capote and Avedon 'Observations' Manuscript to Auction

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Pages of Melanie

2015-07-06 14:14:48

A one of a kind working manuscript for the 1959 coffee table book 'Observations' by the novelist Truman Capote and photographer Richard Avedon has come up for sale at RR Auction. 

'Observations' featured numerous portraits by Avedon of famous people from the twentieth century along with (at times) biting commentary by Capote and this early manuscript offers excellent original examples of both.

The manuscript contains deeply personal messages from Avedon to Capote. On what was to become an introductory page for Avedon, the photographer has penned a lengthy note to Capote asking him not to show the draft version to renowned photographer and close friend of Capote's Cecil Beaton. On the final page a letter from Avedon to Capote is attached in which the photographer discusses in personal detail his relationship with his art. He claims that he is 'inarticulate in every way but with a camera' and states that he 'hates photographing the young.'

The manuscript will open for bidding on the 12th of March with an opening bid of $2,500. 


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