This year Sotheby’s offers an unrivalled selection of iconic works from the world’s most iconic fashion photographers in the forthcoming Photographs auction on 19 May in London. Arranged as a chronological visual journey from around the 1950s to today, the sale opens with iconic works by Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe. The auction’s two top lots belong to Irving Penn’s breathtaking Mouth (for L’Oreal) (lot 78, estimate: £180,000–230,000), which will be only the third time this work has come up for auction, and for which we hold the world record sale price, and Peter Lindbergh’s Mathilde (lot 22, estimate: £100,000–150,000), a unique, oversized work and a tribute to Erwin Blumenfeld.
A chapter is dedicated to Thierry Marlat, the Parisian gallerist who has succeeded in collecting some of America’s greatest photographers, including spectacular examples by Edward and Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, William Eggleston and Lee Friedlander.
An outstanding work by the revered and highly collectable artists Bernd and Hilla Becher is for sale, as are key pieces from their Dusseldorf School pupils Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Axel Hutte. A wonderfully varied selection of works by Peter Beard is on offer alongside covetable pieces by Nick Brandt, Sebastiao Salgado and Steve McCurry. Iconic photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama feature prominently.
With such a diverse offering of major works from blue-chip artists, this exciting sale promises to deliver something for all buyers, from the seasoned collector to the budding connoisseur.