artnet Auctions Presents: Focus on Fashion

A selection of fashion photographs from the classic to the contemporary, live on artnet Auctions from February 4 to 13, 2014.

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Helmut Newton Woman into Man (Hotel George V from French Vogue), 1979 Gelatin silver print 18 x 12 in. 45.72 x 30.48 cm. Est. US$20,000–30,000

New York & Berlin (PRWEB) February 05, 2014

artnet Auctions is thrilled to present Focus on Fashion, a special sale featuring over 40 fashion photographs, from the classic to the contemporary. The sale includes work by early innovators in fashion photography such as Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Frank Horvat, and Norman Parkinson, as well as Contemporary masters, including Mario Testino, Albert Watson, Alex Prager, Juergen Teller, and David LaChapelle.

The sale features an iconic Helmut Newton (German, 1920–2004) photograph, Woman into Man (Hotel George V from French Vogue) (1979), estimated at US$20,000–30,000. Part of an Yves Saint Laurent shoot, the images were first published in the March 1979 issue of French Vogue. Woman into Man is exemplary of Newton’s penchant for creating images of powerful, independent women. Newton’s provocative work redefined the standards for how women could be represented in fashion photography.

Another highlight of the sale is Irving Penn’s Woman with Roses on Her Arm, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn (1950), a platinum-palladium print estimated at US$250,000–300,000. One of Penn’s most sought-after images, this portrait of fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a La Faurie dress was taken in Paris the year that she and Penn were married. Penn used very little in the way of props or elaborate sets in his photographs, preferring to let the subject’s personality own the shot. Against the mottled grey backdrop, Lisa’s silhouette is powerful in its simplicity.

The sale also includes More No. 21, Stephanie on Puppy, Connecticut, USA (1999) by Juergen Teller (German, b.1964), in which model Stephanie Seymour reclines in a pink bathing suit atop a Jeff Koons (American, b.1955) giant flower puppy. Teller playfully contrasts Seymour and the colorful puppy against a white picket fence in suburban Connecticut. Estimated at US$9,000–10,000, this chromogenic print is from an edition of five, the first from this edition to ever come to auction.

Focus on Fashion is live on artnet Auctions from February 4 through 13, 2014, and is on view at http://www.artnet.com/auctions/search/?q=keyword-fashion_2014-category-all-artworks-active-auctions-only/.

For more information about this sale, please contact artnet Auctions specialists:

Bree Hughes
Associate Specialist, Photographs
T: +1-212-497-9700 ext. 121
bhughes (at) artnet (dot) com

Miles Barth
Senior Specialist, Photographs
T: +1-212-497-9700 ext. 123
mbarth (at) artnet (dot) com

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