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.


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