Video: artnet Auctions Launches Faces & Figures Photographs Sale November 10-19

By Artnet, PRNE
Monday, November 9, 2009

NEW YORK and BERLIN, November 10 - From November 10-19 artnet Auctions is featuring Faces & Figures, a
special sale of 375 photographs by 185 renowned modern & contemporary
artists. The works offered in the sale celebrate the human form as seen
through the lens of some of the greatest photographers of our time.

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Unforgettable Faces

The auction includes portraits of some of the most unforgettable faces of
the 20th-21st century by legendary photographers including Howell Conant,
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ron Galella, Yousuf Karsh and Bert Stern. Stern is
perhaps best known for his luminous portraits of Marilyn Monroe. The auction
features ten photographs of a flirtatious Monroe taken just weeks before the
actress' death in what is now known as the "Last Sitting" (estimates:
US$4,500-US$5,500 each). Also featured in this group are ten magnificent
portraits by fashion photographer Sante D'Orazio, including The Rolling
Stones, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell (estimates:
US$1,000-US$1,500 each). D'Orazio's stunning celebrity photos have appeared in
publications from Vogue to Vanity Fair.

Figures in Motion

The sale also celebrates the body in motion from actors to athletes,
including a classic 1955 photograph of James Dean walking in Times Square by
Dennis Stock (estimate: US$2,000-US$3,000) and a fearsome 1970 photograph of
Muhammad Ali by photojournalist Bill Ray (estimate: US$2,500-US$3,500). More
recent works include David LaChapelle's Pamela Anderson in Terrarium, Los
, a wry commentary on society's voyeuristic tendencies (estimate:
US$18,000-US$24,000) and a jubilant Gisele Bündchen posing as a cowgirl in a
2000 photograph by Mark Seliger (estimate: US$7,000-US$9,000).


Rounding out the sale is an extraordinary collection of nudes by artists
including Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Daido Moriyama and Thomas Ruff.
Charis Wilson Nude, 1934, is one of a series of studies Weston photographed
in the 1930s of the model who later became his wife (estimate:
US$7,000-US$9,000). Ruth Bernhard met Weston in 1935 and was inspired by his
work. Bernhard's Nude in the Box - Horizontal, 1962, combines Weston's
rigorous composition with a heightened sense of mood and contrast (estimate:
US$16,000-US$25,000). Also offered in the sale are contemporary nudes such as the
provocative Nude, Setagay-ku, Tokyo, 1986, by Daido Moriyama and two C-prints
from Thomas Ruff's 2002 series Nudes (estimates: US$6,500-US$8,500 each).

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