October 31, 2011 · 0 Comments
Snap up a piece of history: Portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp go on sale for as little as £400
Last updated at 4:37 PM on 31st October 2011
Generations of men have grown up with sexy images of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot on their walls – and now Christie’s are giving art collectors the chance to get their hands on some original prints of their idols.
The 150 photographs, of everyone from Barak Obama to Eighties Madonna are on sale for as little as £400. The pricier pictures are expected to reach up to £50,000.
It is an inspiring array of powerful, seductive and beautiful 21st century images ranging from famous faces of fashion, style and celebrity, to contemporary architecture and even pictures taken by legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau,
Sexy starlet: This image of Brigitte Bardot could be yours. The Towel Session, 1959, by Sam Levin is expected to fetch between £600 and £800
It is the portraits of Hollywood and fashion superstars that are bound to attract the most attention, though.
The incredible roll call of subjects captured includes Coco Chanel, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Madonna. Or, for the ladies, Paul Newman, The Beatles, Mohammed Ali and Johnny Depp.
Snap happy: Roy Schatt’s photo, Marilyn Monroe Catches Roy Stealing A Shot, 1955, has an estimate of £800-£1,200
At work and at play: Bert Stern’s Marilyn Monroe in striped scarf – The last sitting, 1962 (£3,000-£5,000) and Philippe Halsman’s Acting Test: Marilyn Monroe drinking the most wonderful drink, 1949, ££2,000 – £3,000
Holding a pose: Horst P. Horst’s, V.O.G.U.E, N.Y. (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1940, £4,000-£6,000
Fashion shoot: William Klein’s Antonia and Simone, barber shop, 1961, £6,000-£8,000
From left: Horst P. Horst’s Coco Chanel (£4,000-£6,000), Mainbocher corset (£5,000-£7,000) and Evelyn Tripp (£2,000-£3,000)
Poser: Sam Levin’s Brigitte Bardot (The Chair Session) 1967, £600-£800
Sexy campaign: A picture from Jean Clemmer’s Paco Rabanne fashion shoot, 1969, £700-£900
Sex symbols: An unknown photographer’s photo of Elizabeth Taylor, early 1960s, (£700 to £900) and Tazio Secchiaroli’s photo of Sophia Loren, 1966, (£800-£1,200
One for the ladies: Ronny Jacques’ image of Marlon Brando enjoying a beer and a cigarette 1948 (£3,000-£5,000)
Looking good: David Bailey’s portrait of Johnny Depp shows off his Betty Sue tattoo (left, £4,000-£6,000) and one of the 36 pictures in Davis Bailey’s Box of Pinups with original notes (£4,000-£6,000)
The auction of photographs will be held at Christie’s in South Kensington, London, on Wednesday November 2 at 2.30pm
By Emma Brown