artnet Online Auctions – Photographic Portraits Sale

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artnet launches Photographic Portraits Sale featuring 20 photographs of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, and other iconic figures by 15 renowned photographers including Allan Grant, Herman Leonard, Irving Penn, and Bill Ray. The sale includes 20 works by 15 photographers with price estimates between US $1,000 and US $65,000. The sale goes from June 20–30, 2008.

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, Backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood, California, 1956, 1956; Gelatin silver print; Estimate: $7,000-$8,000; By Allan Grant

The photographic portraits in this sale offer collectors a rare glimpse into the lives of these legendary artists and performers

From June 20–30 artnet Online Auctions will feature a special sale of Photographic Portraits celebrating icons of film, entertainment and popular culture from the 1930s–1960s.

Leading the sale is a selection of photographs of film stars including Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe. Among the highlights is a luminous photograph of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards taken by Allen Grant in 1956 (estimate $7,000–8,000). Other highlights include the Garbo Portfolio I, 1929–1931, by Clarence Sinclair Bull, a portfolio of five gelatin silver prints that capture the star in various poses at the height of her career ($2,500–3,500) and Jean Harlow, “Bear Rug”, 1934, a classic portrait of the actress by George Hurrell (estimate: $5,500–7,500).

The sale also celebrates music legends from the Jazz era to the 1960s with portraits of Duke Ellington, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan. Duke Ellington, 1947, is an exuberant portrait of the Jazz great by William Gottlieb. Elvis Waving, 1958, one of several works in the sale by Life Magazine photographer Bill Ray, captures the enthusiasm of the young pop star as he embarks upon his military service (estimate: $1,500–2,000). Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo, New York, 1963, by Don Hunstein is an atmospheric color photograph of the artist and his companion strolling in the snow (estimate $2,500–3,000).

“The photographic portraits in this sale offer collectors a rare glimpse into the lives of these legendary artists and performers,” said Hans Neuendorf, CEO of artnet. “We are delighted to offer collectors such an outstanding selection of works by leading photographers.”

Sale Contacts:
Christopher Sweet
Photography Specialist
csweet(at)artnet.com
+1 212 497 9700 ext. 165

Susanna Wenniger
Photography Specialist
swenniger(at)artnet.com
+1 212 497-9700 ext. 172

Images available upon request.

About artnet Online Auctions:
Artworks on artnet Online Auctions are evaluated by artnet’s specialists. There is no buyer’s premium. Every seller on artnet Online Auctions is authorized and registered, and each auction lot features comprehensive art market research on both the artist’s career and the artwork. Please visit us at http://www.artnetonlineauctions.com.

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