Helmut Newton nude tops photograph auction at $138,426



2015-06-26 12:51:18

Helmut Newton nude tops photograph auction at $138,426

Helmut Newton's Big Nude IX sold as top lot in Sotheby's photographs auction at $138,426

Sotheby's Paris auction of photographs was highlighted by Helmut Newton's Big Nude IX, the Two Violettas yesterday (May 15).

Big Nude IX by Helmut Newton Big Nude IX by Helmut Newton

The characteristic piece from Newton sold for 108,750, comfortably securing its estimate of 90,000-120,000. It featured as top lot in the auction, selling 42,000 above its nearest contender. Helmut Newton was a prolific fashion photographer, renowned for his powerful black and white images which have become synonymous with Vogue magazine. The Big Nudes series represents the pinnacle of his trademark style, displaying domineering female nudes standing at over two metres tall. Following his death in 2004, Newton is still revered as the creator of fashion's most iconic images. This is reflected at auction, where his work continues to bring superb results. In 2008, Christie's set a new world record for his photographs, when a four-panel print entitled Naked and Dressed sold for $662,500. More images from Newton's Big Nudes series will feature in Christie's photographs sale in London today, potentiallyoffering great value with estimates around 10,000-15,000. Bringing the second highest bids in the sale was Vik Muniz's diptych entitled Raft of Medusa. The work was taken from the Pictures of Chocolate series that brought Muniz into the limelight in 1997. The piece sold for 66,750 against an estimate of 60,000-80,000. A notable increase of 183.5% was seen by Man Ray's profile portrait of Pablo Picasso. The image featuredas part ofa series of portraits created by Man Ray of his artist friends. Selling at 28,350, the piece shot past its high estimate of 10,000, displaying the ever-popular Pablo Picasso's worth at auction. Investors will want to view PFC Auctions'online sale, where a signed lithograph from Picasso is currently selling at 3,000. The auction also features a superb range of signed photographs, including a stunning black and white image of model Helena Christensen.

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