Richard Avedon portraits light up Phillips' New York photography sale



2015-09-30 10:34:32

Iconic portraits by Richard Avedon will be amongst the leading highlights of the Phillips Photography sale in New York next month.

Avedon's work will be offered alongside that of André Kertész, Nobuyoshi Araki, Pierre Dubreuil, Vik Muniz and Elger Esser, in a sale which encompasses the best of both classic and contemporary photography.

Topping the selection of Avedon works is his set of four portraits of The Beatles, originally published in LOOK magazine as a special pull-out portfolio. Taken in August 1967, the black and white images are amongst the most iconic portraits ever created of The Beatles and the set of prints is expected to sell for $300,000-$500,000.

Further Avedon portraits on offer illustrate the contrasting nature of his works. His 1979 portrait of Texas oil field worker Bubba Morrison is estimated at $100,000-150,000, alongside his more glamorous fashion portraits of Lauren Hutton and Nastassja Kinski both estimated at $70,000–90,000.

“Richard Avedon, more than any other photographer of his generation, viewed making photographs a performance on par with literature and drama,” said Vanessa Hallett, Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs. “We are delighted to offer some of Avedon’s most iconic images.”

Other notable lots within the auction include André Kertész’s photograph Still Life with Mirror, Pens and Key, circa 1927, estimated at $120,000-180,000; Nobuyoshi Araki’s 1991 photogtraph From Close to Range, priced at $80,000-120,000; and Elger Esser’s Doubt Frankreich, dating from 1999 and estimated at $50,000-70,000.

The sale also features the largest group of works by Pierre Dubreuil ever offered at auction, with a complete set of his known diapositives, dated 1901-1930 , estimated at $80,000-120,000 and a complete set of his known stereographs, created circa 1900-1914, valued at $30,000-50,000.

The Phillips Photographs auction takes place on Thursday October 8.

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