April 10th, 2013

Spring Photography Auctions Total More Than $30.8 Million, Set Artist Records

© 2013 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Man Ray's "Untitled Rayograph, 1922" set an auction record for a work by the artist of $1.2 million at the Christie's photographs sale on April 4.

© 2013 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Man Ray’s “Untitled Rayograph, 1922″ set an auction record for a work by the artist of $1.2 million during a Christie’s photographs sale on April 4.

Six photography sales last week at the three major auction houses in New York City brought in more than $30.8 million dollars and included record sales for masters Man Ray and Diane Arbus, among others, as well as contemporary artists including Robert Frank, Richard Misrach, Alex Prager and Viviane Sassen.

Two sales at Christie’s on April 4 and 5 totaled nearly 15 million. “The strength of these results is indicative of the thriving market for photographs, which continues to gain momentum with every sale,” said Philippe Garner, one of the Christie’s directors, in a statement.

The April 4 sale of a private collection of modernist photographs totaled more than $7.5 million, including a $1.2 million, auction record sale of a unique gelatin silver photogram by Man Ray, “Untitled Rayograph,” made in 1922. Nine other world auction records for artists were set during the sale, according to Christie’s. (more…)

February 24th, 2012

Penelope Tree, Muse to Avedon, Models Again

© Mario Sorrenti for Barney's

Penelope Tree, who first modeled for Richard Avedon in 1966, is back, appearing in a new fashion campaign for Barney’s shot by Mario Sorrenti. This week’s installment of Who’s Shooting What has details on the campaign, the creative director behind it, and the other fashion personalities being featured. PDN Pulse would just add that at age 62, Tree looks great.

Vogue editor Diana Vreeland spotted Tree at Truman Capote’s famous Black and White ball in 1966, and asked her to model for Richard Avedon and later for David Bailey, who soon after ditched wife Catherine Deneuve and became Tree’s companion for eight years.

(Wow, there were a lot of Sixties icons packed into that sentence.)

Tree’s look ushered in a new, waifish look in models. Bailey told PDN in a Legends Online interview, “I think she changed a generation of young American girls.” Funny, now we look at photos of Tree from the Sixties or today, and she looks quite healthy compared to the anorexic models we’re now used to seeing. Tree has other assets besides her unusual looks. A student of Buddhism, she has been a patron of a charity which supports women’s groups in Cambodia. She was also, as Bailey told PDN, “Bright, bright, bright, bright.”

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November 22nd, 2010

Avedon Fashion Image Fetches Record Price at Paris Auction

Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation. "Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955"

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation.

One of Richard Avedon’s fashion photographs fetched nearly $1.2 million at auction on Saturday, a record for the photographer. The image, of the model Dovima with a pair of elephants at a Paris circus, was one of 65 Avedon works sold at Christie’s in Paris in an auction to raise money for The Avedon Foundation.

The auction also included a four-portrait portfolio of images of the Beatles ($609,547); a triptych of Andy Warhol and some of his associates ($412,301); a portrait of Marilyn Monroe ($231,491); and a racy image of model Stephanie Seymour ($362,989).

Along with other fashion images, prints of photographs from Avedon’s “In the American West” were also sold, as were portraits of Malcolm X, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Samuel Becket, Natasssja Kinski, and a young Lew Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The auction earned a total of $7,495,600, selling 100 percent of the lots at prices that met or exceeded estimates.

The Avedon Foundation was established after Richard Avedon died in 2004. The foundation encourages the study and appreciation of Avedon’s work through exhibitions, education, publishing and other activities.