Sixty-five pieces by late American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004) will be auctioned at Christie’s in Paris this Saturday, November 20th. Know for his intimate portraits, Avedon worked as a staff photographer for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He was a visual consultant for the film Funny Face (which was based on his own career) and shot for Rolling Stone Magazine. He photographed the Civil Rights Movement in the South in 1963, the Anti-War Movement across America in 1969 and worked in Vietnam in 1970. In 1992 he became The New Yorker’s first staff photographer and worked for the magazine until he died. The following pieces (and many more) will be up for auction this weekend.
Dovima with Elephants – Paris, August 1955
The most recognized of all Avedon’s work, this is the largest print in existence of “Dovima with Elephants”, measuring 7’1″ x 5’5″.
Suzy Parker & Robin Tattersall – Paris, August 1956
Marilyn Monroe – New York City, May 1957
“There is no such person as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was an invention of hers. A genius invention that she created like an author creates a character. So when Marilyn Monroe put on a sequin dress and danced in the studio. I mean, for hours she danced, and sang, and flirted, and did this thing. There is no describing what she did. She did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop because she was someone who went very high up and went way, way down. And when that night was over she sat in the corner like a child with everything gone. But I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying, ‘No’.” – Richard Avedon
Pablo Picasso – April, 1958
Brigitte Bardot – 1959
Malcolm X – New York City, March 1963
Bob Dylan – New York City, April 1965
Veruschka – New York City, January 1967
Twiggy – Paris, January 1968
Debbie McClendon, carney – Wyoming, July 1981
“I think the white background means many things to me. I hate to use big words – but if I have a feeling about life, it is an existential feeling. I think we live in a kind of a void; that there is nothing before and there is nothing after. And the white for me represents that void. It makes people symbolic of themselves. You see only what’s written on their faces.” – Richard Avedon
The Dalai Lama – India, January 1998
Proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Rato Dratsang Foundation in support of the Rato Dratsang Monastery in Mundgod, India.
Self Portrait – New York City, 1963
Fantastic, aren’t they? Which would you bid on?