Auction of the Week: Swann Auction Galleries Photography Sale, February 21, 2019

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2019-01-29 13:26:46

Our featured auction this week is Swann Auction Galleries' 'Photographs: Art & Visual Culture' sale, which takes place in New York on February 21. From candid street scenes and urban landscapes, to celebrity portraits and shocking moments in history - here are ten of our favourite images from the auction...

Muscle Beach (1947) by Max Yavno

Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

This photograph of Muscle Beach, circa 1947, is the work of Max Yavno (1911–1985) an American photographer who made his name capturing vibrant street scenes across California.

The photograph is one of Yavno's most famous images, and he later recalled that he had to spend three Sundays poised to take the shot, before the subjects "stopped flexing for his camera and resumed posing for each other."

Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas (1963)

Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

This original 1963 press photograph captures the moment JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, in the basement of the Dallas Police headquarters.

The shocking murder was broadcast live on US television, and sparked a wave of conspiracy theories about Ruby's true motives – and the JFK assassination - which continue to this day.

Snicket in Halifax (1932) by Bill Brandt

Estimate $8,000 - 12,000

Bill Brandt is regarded as one of the most important British photographers of the 20th century, whose images captured everything from bomb shelters during the Blitz in WWII to a celebrated series of nudes.

This photograph depicts a steep 'snicket', a slang term for a narrow passage or alleyway in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax.

Unique Rock 'n' Roll photo album

Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

This unique personal photo album was compiled by Len Leonards, New York Radio D.J. and President of the Rock 'n' Roll Club of America.

The album features 249 candid photos of stars such as Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Dion and the Belmonts, Frankie Avalon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Ronettes, taken during performances in Brooklyn.

It also contains flyers, ticket stubs, business cards, and promotional ephemera relating to Leonards' adventures in the world of rock and roll from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Andy Warhol with Joe D'Alessandro, Paul Morrissey and Jane Forth at Chateau Marmont, Hollywood (1970) by Douglas Kirkland

Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

This Douglas Kirkland portrait depicts iconic artist Andy Warhol, along with actors Joe D'Alessandro, and Jane Forth and the film director Paul Morrissey.

The photo was taken at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood, during filming of Morrisey's infamous 1970 movie Trash.

Ballet Master correcting hands, rehearsal at Grand Opera, Paris, France (1931) by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Estimate $3,000 - 4,500

This image, by the German-born American photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt, depicts a ballet master and ballerinas during rehearsals at the Grand Opera in Paris, circa 1931.

Marilyn Monroe (distortion) by Weegee [Arthur Fellig]

Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Arthur Fellig, better known as 'Weegee', was a press photographer who became renowned for his gritty and graphic depictions of New York street life in the 1930s and 40s.

Weegee developed his signature style of stark black and white images depicting crime scenes, as he followed the emergency services throughout the night on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s he also began to create distorted images using prisms, and this portrait of Marilyn Monroe – made using a plastic lens – is one of his most famous photographic experiments.

N.Y. (boys playing in a wooden crate) (1945) by Helen Levitt

Estimate $3,000 - 4,500

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) has been described as "the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time."

Levitt spent almost 70 years capturing street scenes in her native New York, but shunned fame and lived a quiet, secluded life until passing away in 2009 at the age of 95.

This image, dating from 1945, depicts a trio of boys playing inside a wooden crate, and is typical of her spontaneous style which often focused on children playing in local neighbourhoods.

Edgar Allan Poe carte-de-visite

Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

In the summer of 1849, just a few months before his mysterious death, the gothic novelist Edgar Allan Poe sat for two rare portraits in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He gave one to Mrs. Annie L. Richmond, with whom he had a passionate love affair, and a small handful of copies were made.

The original Daguerreotype is now owned by the Getty Museum, and this scarce carte-de-visite, reproduced from that original in the 1870s, is the first example to appear at auction in recent years.

Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ (1974) by George A. Tice

Estimate $8,000 - 12,000

This striking image of a gas station in New Jersey, reminiscent of Edward Hopper's iconic paintings, is the work of George A. Tice – a contemporary American photographer renowned for capturing the urban landscapes of New Jersey.

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