Do you remember the legendary photo of Nastassja Kinski with the snake? Richard Avedon’s snap now goes to auction at Christie’s New York

Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent

A catalog full of high-sounding names such as Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Beard, William Eggleston, Edward Weston, Pierre Dubreuil. Last rounds for the photo-week in New York, with the auction at Christie’s on October 4 and 5, which include a single-owner sale with a selection of 45 works that celebrate the work of the great fashion photographer Richard Avedon. Top lot of the series is the photo that portrays Stephanie Seymour taken in New York in 1992, and Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955, both estimated 200-300 thousand dollars. Among the most famous images of even the most elegant Marella Agnelli, Nastassja Kinski with the snake, the contorted positions of Verushka.
Top lot of the general catalog of photography is one of the most famous images of Eggleston, Memphis (Trycicle), in his original edition of 1970, estimated at $ 250-350 thousand, together with another icon, photo by Irving Penn, Black and White Vogue Cover, 1950. Keep an eye on the work of Peter Beard, Cheetah Orphan Triptych, 1968 ($ 100-150 thousand), which give voice to the destruction of animal habitat in Africa through words and images in the form of diary pages.
Then present in the catalog  32 images of Henri Cartier-Bresson from a private collection, estimated at $ 400 thousand. For lovers of landscapes important examples of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Carleton Watkins. In the selection we find Yosemite Valley, California: Photographs by Ansel Adams Eaton, 1930 ($ 25, 35 thousand), a portfolio gifted to the manager of  the Yosemite Country Store. In contemporary there are strong names like Hiroshi Sugimoto, with Colors of Shadow C1032, 2006 ($ 30, 50 thousand), Thomas Ruff, 09h 58m/-40 °, 1990 ($ 80 to 120 thousand), Massimo Vitali, Amadores (Triptych), 2004 ($ 60-80 thousand).

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