Unique Peter Beard print could bring $92,000



2015-06-26 13:14:21

Unique Peter Beard print could bring $92,000

A unique oversized silver gelatine print by Peter Beard featuring an elephant is to auction

A unique oversized silver gelatine print of Peter Beard's 1960 photograph "Elephant reaching for the last branch on a tree 'End-Game' trip though Tsavo" is to cross the block at Christie's London on May 15.

The remarkable elephant photograph carries a 60,000 ($91,834) top estimate ahead of the much-anticipated sale.

Christie's wild photography auction From left to right: Peter Beards End Game elephant print, David LaChapelles Horseplay and Beards Tsavo National Park

The elephant photo, along with a second oversized Peter Beard print starring several men riding a rhino, also estimated at 60,000 ($91,834), was commissioned by the late Anne Ignou - esteemed collector and owner of the Hotel Nord Pinnus.

Located in the heart of Arles, a sun-struck city in the south of France and one-time residence of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, the hotel has long been a favourite destination of the artistic elite. Past guests include Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

Having been exhibited in the hotel for over a decade; the sale presents collectors with the opportunity to acquire photographs with remarkable provenance.

A topless photograph of Angelina Jolie is also to feature in the sale. Taken in 2001 by celebrity-snapper David LaChapelle, Horseplay stars Jolie posing with an equine fan. It is estimated to be worth 35,000 ($53,553).

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