A snapshot of upcoming images assortment gross sales


A big-format Helmut Newton and 110 trend prints from the Susanne von Meiss Assortment lead this spring’s images gross sales at Christie’s Paris

‘Susanne von Meiss is a superb connaisseuse,’ says Elodie Morel-Bazin, Christie’s European Head of Pictures. ‘Patrons like collections like hers; they really feel they’ll belief them.’ The previous journalist began gathering trend images after shopping for two classic prints by Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Thirty years later she has amassed a group of 600 prints, meticulously assembled across the theme of ‘Attract’.

At present, because the Swiss collector refocuses her assortment round up to date works, 110 of her prints are being offered by Christie’s Paris, 56 in Photographies, a stay sale on 24 Might, the others on-line in Trend Pictures from the Susanne von Meiss Assortment from 12-24 Might. Collectively, says Morel-Bazin, they represent a historical past of Twentieth-century trend images, from Edward Steichen (1879-1973) to Ellen Von Unwerth (b.1954).

Right here, she talks us by way of a number of the highlights from the sale.



Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Eiffel Tower, 1974. Chromogenic print. 43 x 63 in (109.2 x 160 cm). Estimate: €300,000-500,000. Provided in Photographies on 24 Might at Christie’s Paris

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of many greatest names in Twentieth-century images. Born to a Jewish household in Berlin, he left Germany simply earlier than the Second World Battle broke out. He frolicked in Singapore and Australia, and later labored for Vogue in Melbourne, London and Paris.

In Eiffel Tower (1974), the photographer’s attribute ‘fascination for opulence and highly effective, dominant ladies’ is mixed with ‘witty references to France — the Eiffel Tower on the mannequin’s G-string, the Citroën DS automotive, the copy of Le Monde — to dramatic impact’, says Morel-Bazin.

What makes this print uncommon is its giant format, which compares to that of the photographer’s celebrated Large Nudes collection. It’s additionally in color, fairly than Newton’s regular black and white — used, for example, in his portraits of the mannequin Iman and the actress Raquel Welch, that are additionally included within the sale.

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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), Lisa Lyon (American Flag), 1982. 15 x 15⅛ in (38 x 38.5 cm). Estimate: €20,000-30,000. Provided in Photographies on 24 Might at Christie’s Paris

Within the phrases of his one-time lover and lifelong buddy Patti Smith, the pictures of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-89) are the ‘excellent New York Metropolis mixture of leather-based boys, drag queens, socialites, rock and roll children and artwork collectors’.

The New York photographer revolutionised the medium, bringing his classical aesthetic to nonetheless lifes and flowers (reminiscent of Pheasant and Lily, 1984, each within the stay sale), town’s Seventies BDSM scene, and portraits of celebrities and the feminine bodybuilder Lisa Lyon — as in Lisa Lyon (American Flag).

‘He didn’t {photograph} ladies very a lot, however he was fascinated by Lyon’s androgynous physique, the way in which it was sculpted like a traditional statue,’ says Morel-Bazin. ‘Apparently, on this work, the flag, the nice image of America, is definitely a gown by Castelbajac.’

Irving Penn (1917-2009), Station Sweeper, New York, 1951. Platinum-palladium print. 25⅝ x 17¾ in (65 x 45 cm). Estimate €70,000-90,000. Offered in Photographies on 24 May at Christie’s Paris

Irving Penn (1917-2009), Station Sweeper, New York, 1951. Platinum-palladium print. 25⅝ x 17¾ in (65 x 45 cm). Estimate: €70,000-90,000. Provided in Photographies on 24 Might at Christie’s Paris

The American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) additionally photographed nonetheless lifes, reminiscent of the 2 works from his Cigarettes collection within the sale — in addition to 165 Vogue covers, ethnographic portraits, and the Small Trades collection that features Station Sweeper, New York (1951). Shot towards an unadorned backdrop, it enhances the dignity of its topic.

‘Penn did all of it; he was a real grasp,’ says Morel-Bazin. ‘The Small Trades collection was impressed by the work of the French documentary photographer Eugène Atget (1857-1927) and was expensively printed on platinum fairly than silver. This specific picture appeared in 1951 in Vogue underneath the title “A Gallery of the Unarmed Forces” — so it was a reference to the Black women and men who helped to construct America.’

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Marina Abramovic (b. 1946), The Scream, 2013-2014. C-print. 53 x 90½ in (134.6 x 229.9 cm). Estimate €30,000-50,000. Offered in Photographies on 24 May at Christie’s Paris

Marina Abramovic (b. 1946), The Scream, 2013-2014. C-print. 53 x 90½ in (134.6 x 229.9 cm). Estimate: €30,000-50,000. Provided in Photographies on 24 Might at Christie’s Paris

Among the many up to date images within the stay public sale is The Scream (2013-14) by Marina Abramovic (b.1946), the pioneering efficiency artist who grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, which was then a part of Communist Yugoslavia. She has devoted her life to exploring the bounds of bodily and psychological endurance and her relationship together with her viewers.

The Scream accompanied a challenge in Oslo’s Ekeberg Park, the place Abramovic invited 270 of town’s residents to offer vent to their feelings in the identical spot the place Edvard Munch created his eponymous portray, explains Morel-Bazin.

‘No one will get modified by anyone else’s experiences,’ says Abramovic. ‘I wish to create a platform for interactions so individuals can expertise one thing for themselves.’

Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), Mainbocher Corset, Paris (1939). Gelatin silver print. 11⅞ x 9⅛ in (30.2 x 23.3 cm). Estimate €10,000-12,000. Offered in Photographies on 24 May at Christie’s in Paris

Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), Mainbocher Corset, Paris (1939). Gelatin silver print. 11⅞ x 9⅛ in (30.2 x 23.3 cm). Estimate: €10,000-12,000. Provided in Photographies on 24 Might at Christie’s in Paris

Horst P. Horst (1906-99) is an enchanting determine. He studied underneath Walter Gropius, labored with Le Corbusier, and would go on to {photograph} trend, Hollywood stars and American excessive society, in addition to male nudes and nature. ‘He was meticulous,’ says Morel-Bazin. ‘His images are like work.’

Alongside along with his 1937 portrait of Coco Chanel, which can also be within the on-line sale, Mainbocher Corset (1939) is his most well-known {photograph}: a phenomenal picture with a surreal, erotic cost that marks an essential second in historical past, because it was the final {photograph} Horst took in Paris earlier than the Second World Battle.

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‘I left the studio at 4am, went again to the home, picked up my baggage and caught the 7am prepare to Le Havre to board the Normandie,’ he recalled. ‘All of us felt that the battle was coming… and life could be fully completely different after. This {photograph}… is the essence of that second. Whereas I used to be taking it, I used to be considering of all that I used to be abandoning.’

Lillian Bassman (1917-2012), The Well-Dressed Leg, Dorian Leigh, New York, 1948, for Harper’s Bazaar. Number 7 from an edition of 25. Gelatin silver print. 15¾ x 14 in (40 x 35.6 cm). Estimate €5,000-7,000. Offered in Fashion Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection, 12-24 May, online

Lillian Bassman (1917-2012), The Properly-Dressed Leg, Dorian Leigh, New York, 1948, for Harper’s Bazaar. Quantity 7 from an version of 25. Gelatin silver print. 15¾ x 14 in (40 x 35.6 cm). Estimate: €5,000-7,000. Provided in Trend Pictures from the Susanne von Meiss Assortment, 12-24 Might, on-line


Lillian Bassman (1917-2012) was the daughter of Jewish intellectuals from Ukraine who had emigrated to the US, and he or she grew up in Brooklyn and Greenwich Village. She grew to become a trend photographer after working as assistant artwork director at Harper’s Bazaar and artwork director at Junior Bazaar underneath her mentor, Alexey Brodovitch, at a time when it was uncommon for ladies to carry such positions.

Her trend images is painterly, experimental and extremely distinctive. ‘There’s all the time quite a lot of poetry in it,’ says Morel-Bazin. ‘If you see a photograph by Lillian Bassman, you recognize it’s by her. Dorian Leigh was one among her favorite fashions.’

Louis Faurer (1916-2001), Bowing for the Vogue Collections, Paris, 1972, for French Vogue, March 1973. Number 9 from an edition of 20. Gelatin silver print. 15¾ x 11⅘ in (40 x 30 cm). Estimate €10,000-15,000. Offered in Fashion Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection, 12-24 May, online

Louis Faurer (1916-2001), Bowing for the Vogue Collections, Paris, 1972, for French Vogue, March 1973. Quantity 9 from an version of 20. Gelatin silver print. 15¾ x 11⅘ in (40 x 30 cm). Estimate: €10,000-15,000. Provided in Trend Pictures from the Susanne von Meiss Assortment, 12-24 Might, on-line

Amongst these commissioned by Lillian Bassman was Louis Faurer (1916-2001), a extremely regarded photographer who’s ‘nonetheless considerably unknown, so his work is comparatively reasonably priced’, says Morel-Bazin.

He’s greatest remembered for his avenue images in New York and his native Philadelphia. His shut buddy, the photographer Robert Frank (1924-2019), known as him an ‘extraordinary artist’ after seeing his sympathetic portraits of the ‘lonely individuals’ of Instances Sq., and his experimental method was additionally admired by Edward Steichen.