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Iconic Avedon photos raise 5.5 million euros at Paris auction

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-11-21

He is one of the world's most celebrated fashion and portrait photographers. Rare prints of Richard Avedon's iconic fashion and portrait shots fetched 5.5 million euros at a Christie's auction in Paris on Saturday.

A model in a silk Dior dress posing with elephants; the ‘Fab Four’ in the famous psychedelic portrait of the Beatles; a rare and intense portrait of Picasso – portraits and fashion shots by celebrated American photographer Richard Avedon that went on sale in Paris Saturday.

The auction by Christie’s in Paris included some 60 rare prints of the photographer’s work. It is the largest collection of his photographs to reach the market.
 
“Dovima with Elephants”, shot in Paris in 1955 and featuring the model in a silk Dior dress, fetched 841,000 euros (the auction house had given it an upper estimate of 600,000 euros). The Beatles portrait sold for 445,000 (against a 300,000-euro estimate).
 
Altogether, the collection raised 5. million euros for the Richard Avedon Foundation, set up after his death in 2004 (Avedon was born in New York in 1923) to encourage the study and protection of his work and legacy.
 
Avedon's career spanned the world of fashion photography as modern art in magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker.
 
His style, though minimalist, captured dramatic contrasts and movements.
 
The auction also includes several portraits, notably of Picasso and Andy Warhol, as well as those of ordinary people.

Date created : 2010-11-20

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