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Christies sell off famous photographs in New York

 27th Nov 2009

A collection of 190 lots of photography is to be auctioned off at Christie’s in New York on 7 December in one of the most high profile photography sales ever.

Some of the most notable photograph include a David Bailey portrait of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, which is estimated to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000. The unique oversized print shows the photo that was taken the same year that Sharon was murdered by serial killer Charles Manson.

The sale also includes the Shanghai Express work by Thomas Struth, which is expected to fetch as much as $30,000 and Richard Avedon’s portrait of New York socialite Babe Paley. This picture comes complete with original glassine sleeve with the dedication ’For the Babe xxx Dick.’ It is expected to make around $10.000 to $15,000.

A collection of Edward Weston nudes will also be up for sale, many of which are of his muse Charis Wilson. These are expected to sell for up to $7,000.

Works by master photographers including Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Joel-Peter Witkin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Harry Callahan, Peter Beard, Alfred Stieglitz, and Robert Mapplethorpe are also on offer at the sale.

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