Issue #105  5/12/2006
Artcurial Sets Paris Photo Auction For May 22nd

Artcurial of Paris has scheduled a fine photography sale on May 22nd. Featured in the sale is a remarkable set of autochromes, most of them by the Lumière Brothers or Tournassoud, including the "Lumière's Retable", a wood panel inserted with 21 early autochromes, shown at the Exposition Universelle of Brussels in 1910 (estimate 70 000/90 000 euros).

The auction includes vintage prints by Irving Penn, notably a portrait of Herbert Von Karajan and a portrait of George Balanchine and his wife from 1948.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is represented by a series of 1960s prints, including some very famous images, Bords de la Marne, 1938, or Enfants aux Béquilles, Séville, 1933.

The auction will include a fine group of vintage Doisneau, including an "other" version of Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1950, and the legendary Tabou, 1948.

Two contact prints from the André Kertesz Distortion series, one with cropping indications in red on the image, will be offered in the sale.

Three rare Peter Hujar's vintage prints and a great set of six Christer Stromholm later prints are some of fine contemporary work in the sale. There is also a Robert Mapplethorpe "Orchid" from 1986.

Other artists represented by work in the auction include: Albin-Guillot, Avedon, Atget, Bailey, Ballen, Boubat, Bourne, Brandli, Brassaï, Cartier-Bresson, Charbonnier, Clergue, Doisneau, Frith, Garanger, Gasparini, Gimpel, Goldin, Hockney, Haviland, Hujar, Kertesz, Koppitz, Krull, Langer, Lartigue, Le Gray, Leventhal, Lumière, Man Ray, Mapplethorpe, Marville, Molinier, Neshat, Newton, Penn, Riboud, Ronis, Roth, Sieff, Stern, Stettner, Sturges, Sudek, Sugar, Swiners, Tournassoud, Turbeville, and more.

The auction will be held Monday, May 22, 2006 at 4 pm at Artcurial, Hotel Dassault, 7-9 Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008, Paris, France, tel: +33 (0) 1 42 99 20 20. The public previewing is 5/19 and 20, 11am -7pm; 5/21, 11am - 6pm. There is private viewing on Monday until 2 pm. For further information email: gleroy@artcurial.com . The online catalogue for the auction can be found at : http://www.auction.fr/cp/artcurial/ .