Robert Mapplethorpe was known for his black and white photographs of celebrities and both male and female nudes. His often controversial images sparked many discussions and debates about the right to freedom of expression. The upcoming auction, presented by Swann Auction Galleries, highlights the work of Mapplethorpe featuring the first World Women’s Body Building Champion Lisa Lyon. The 1980 silver print shows Lyon with her face covered by an elaborate hat while her arms are clearly visible.
The American Monument by the prominent photographer Lee Friedlander is also presented. This set of ten original silver prints is a deluxe edition published by the Eakins Press Foundation. Considered an inspirational photography book, The American Monument contains pictures of hidden historical monuments around the United States. Another highlight is a 1985 silver print of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by Michael Halsband, a documentary filmmaker. The comic portrayal of the artists in boxing attire captures their friendship and competitive spirit. A print of the celebrated V-J Day in Times Square photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt is also notable. Works by Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, and Eliot Porter round out the sale. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Swann Auction Galleries.
Lot Categories:Fine Art (324)
# of Lots:324
Price Range:$450 - $45,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Lisa Lyon oversize silver print by Robert Mapplethorpe|| Estimate: |
|The American Monument, Volumes I and II silver prints by Lee Friedlander.|| Estimate: |
|Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat silver print by Michael Halsband.|| Estimate: |
|Daytona Beach, Florida silver print by Robert Frank|| Estimate: |
|Aspens, Northern New Mexico silver print by Ansel Adams.|| Estimate: |
|V-J Day Kiss, Times Square, New York silver print by Alfred Eisenstaedt.|| Estimate: |
|Portfolio Entitled In Wildness dye transfer prints by Eliot Porter.|| Estimate: |
|The Three Brothers, 3,818 feet, reflected, Yosemite, California mammoth-plate albumen print by Carleton E. Watkins /Isaiah Taber.|| Estimate: |