Top 10: Fashion Photography
Three names dominate the list of the biggest-selling fashion photographs – Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton.****This trio are rightly regarded as three of the finest and most influential fashion photographers of the 20th century, and their iconic work remains highly sought after by collectors.
10) ‘Woman with Roses on her Arm, 1950’ by Irving Penn
This Irving Penn image was first published in the September 1950 edition of French Vogue, and features Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in a dress by Lafaurie. A 1977 print of the photograph sold at Phillips de Pury & Company in April 2007 for a price of $270,000.
9) ‘Self-Portrait with Wife and Models, 'Vogue' Studios, Paris, 1980’ by Helmut
This brilliantly-choreographed self-portrait was taken at the studios of French Vogue, and has become one of Newton’s most famous shots. A uniquely-sized print of the image sold at Christie’s in May 2012 for a price of $346,514.
8) ‘Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1950’ by Irving Penn
Another of Penn’s photographs from the 1950 April Vogue feature ‘The Black and White idea’, this image again features his wife and muse Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. A 1979 platinum-palladium print of the photo sold at Christie’s in November 2011 for $361,364.
7) ‘Stephanie Seymour, model, New York City, May 9, 1992’ by Richard Avedon
This stark portrait of the 1990s supermodel Stephanie Seymour was first published in the French fashion magazine Egoïste in 1992. A 1997 print of the image sold at Christie’s in November 2010 for a price of $362,989.
6) ‘Marilyn Monroe, May 6, 1957, New York City’ by Richard Avedon
This portrait of Marilyn Monroe is one of most famous and revealing ever taken of the iconic actress. A 1980 silver gelatin print of Avedon’s famous image sold at Christie’s in April 2011 for a record price of $482,500.
5) ‘Black and White Vogue Cover, 1950’ by Irving Penn
This classic image of Jean Patchett made its debut on the cover of Vogue in April 1950, as part of a feature entitled ‘The Black and White Idea’. A 1974 platinum-palladium print of the photograph sold at Christie’s in April 2008 for a price of $481,000.
4) ‘Big Nude III: Henrietta, 1980’ by Helmut Newton
This image, one of Newton’s most iconic photographs, first appeared as part of his ‘Big Nudes’ series in the October 1980 edition of French Vogue. A 1982 silver galtin print sold at Christie’s in December 2008 for $482,500.
3) ‘Woman in Moroccan Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1951’ by Irving Penn
First published in Vogue in January 1952, a platinum-palladium print of this image featuring Penn’s wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn was sold at Christie’s in November 2011 for $492,273.
2) ‘Sie Kommen, Paris (Naked and Dressed), Vogue Studios, 1981’ by Helmut Newton
Taken by Newton for French Vogue in November 1981, a 4-panel silver gelatine print of this classic image sold for $662,500 at Christie’s in December 2008.
1) Dovima with Elephants by Richard Avedon
This famous image, featuring 1950s supermodel Dovima in a Christian Dior Dress, was first published in Harper's Bazaar in September 1955. At Christie’s in November 2010, an enormous print of the image which had originally hung in Avedon’s New York studio for 25 years sold for a World Record price of $1,151,976.
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