If we came into some money this month, there is no mystery how we’d spend it… The Alpine chalet can wait: it’s Helmut Newton’s 1980 Self-Portrait with Wife and Model that we want. The composition is second to none: pure, unadulterated, essence of Newton. Up for auction at Christie’s London next month as part of a Photography sale rich in post-war works, the photograph has an estimated worth of between £70k and £90k, but such iconic works always, always fetch more. Le sigh.
Elsewhere in the Photographs auction…
Christie’s say: ‘This is an opportunity to acquire some of the most important works of the history of photography, with works by 19th century masters, and a strong focus on post-war and fashion photography, led by the work of Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Peter Beard.
‘The incredible roll call of subjects captured includes Picasso, Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Marilyn Monroe, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Barack Obama.’
Visit christies.com for more information about the auction, to be held 16 May at Christie’s, King St, London W1.