Richard Prince collectibles
Richard Prince (1949 - ) is an American photographer and painter, famous for his appropriation of images for his own work. He has often used the technique of ‘rephotography’, which involves photographing already existing photographs from magazines and advertisements and using them in an abstract context, along with paintings based on images of celebrities and book covers.
His work often plays with the notions of fame and celebrity in the same manner as that of Andy Warhol and other Pop artists.
In 2007 Prince’s photograph Untitled (Cowboy) (2001 -2002) became the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction, when it was sold by Sotheby’s in New York for a record price of $3,401,000.
Prince is also known as a collector of art, books and particularly Beat literature, owning several important copies of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel ‘On the Road’ including the original proof copy and one previously owned by Neal Cassidy.
The Richard Prince photograph Untitled (Cowboy) (2001 -2002) is, as of 2008, currently the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction.
Prince’s photograph ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’ (1989) from the same series is currently the seventh most expensive photograph ever sold at auction, and the first ‘rephotograph’ to be sold for more than $1 million. It was sold at a Christie’s auction in New York in November 2005 for $1.25 million.
The record price for Prince’s work was set in July 2008 when his painting ‘Overseas Nurse’ sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for £4,241,250.
Another of his paintings from the ‘Nurse’ series, ‘Nurse in Hollywood #4’ (2004) was sold by Phillips de Pury & Company in May 2010 for $6,466,500.
Prince's most notable pantings are his series of 34 'Nurse' paintings, based on the covers of pulp novels, and his series of 'Joke' paintings featuring vaudeville jokes and one-liners combined with often unrelated images. His most famous photographs include his 'Cowboys' series based on Marlboro cigarette adverts and 'Gangs', featuring rephotographs of American subcultures such as biker gangs, sufers and heavy metal fans.
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