After being given the nod by the very fabulous Eve Ferret I hightailed it to the Phillips Gallery, London, SW1 to the viewing of their latest sale called Photographs. The gallery is such an amazing space, this time filled with 142 lots featuring iconic images by a Who’s Who of photographers including Brassai, Bailey, Newton, Mapplethorpe, Horst, Warhol, Bourdin, Avedon, Penn, Parkinson and the rest. It was quite mind blowing to see all these familiar photographs in one room and discover new favourites. The hang of the show was extremely clever with intriguing juxtapositions. I was particularly thrilled to get sight of David Bailey’s legendary Box of Pin-Ups, created in 1965, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. I have seen images from inside the box before but never the total package that reminded me of a fabulous boxed set of LPs (perhaps the inspiration?). Love that the portrait of Bailey on the box’s cover was taken by Mick Jagger (one of Bailey’s subjects featured within). I particularly coveted the portrait of Truman Capote by Alfred Eisenstaedt (still unsold?). And I think I have a new culture crush: William Eggleston.

Apologies for some blurry photographs and reflections. I was a tad over excited.

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Author Truman Capote ice-skating, Rockefeller Center rink, New York, 1959, unsoldImage

Helmut Newton, from Selected Images, 1975-1979, sold for £15,000Image

William Klein, Hat + 5 Roses, Paris (Vogue), 1956, sold for £3,750Image

Alexander Rodchenko, from Museum Portfolio Number 2: Portraits, sold for £22,000Image

Irving Penn, Two Guedras, Morocco, 1971, sold for £20,000Image

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Three young women from The Parisians, 1963, sold for £3,750Image

David Bailey, Box of Pin-Ups, sold for £8,750ImageImageImage

Helmut Newton, Jerry Hall, Spitting, French Vogue, Paris, 1978, sold for £11,250Image

Peter Beard, detail from Buffalo Herd/Buffalo Control Diptych, 1960-1962, sold for £27,500Image

Peter Beard, detail from Buffalo Herd/Buffalo Control Diptych, 1960-1962, sold for £27,500Image

Peter Beard, Francis Bacon on his roof at 80 Narrow Street, London, 1972, sold for £30,000Image

Peter Beard, Tsavo Natl.Park/ For the End of the Game/ Last word from Paradise, 1970s, sold for £18,750Image

Elliott Erwitt, Paris, 1989, unsoldImage

William Eggleston, Untitled (Laundry Line), 1970s, sold for £3,500Image

PS. Next auction at Phillips, Evening and Day Editions, features work by Basquiat, Haring and Christo. See you there…


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