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Vintage Photographs to Spearhead Sotheby's Photographs Sale

Sotheby's London May 20 sale of Photographs will offer 126 lots covering the history of photography from the beginnings through to the present with offerings of Contemporary works. Among the sale highlights are two superb examples of the work of Eugène Atget, which have come from a private French collection: La Villette, Rue Asselin, Fille publique faisant le quart devant sa porte is a signature image from an artist who has been called the first Modernist photographer (lot 7, est. £20,000-30,000). One of only a few prints
executed from this negative, this work is in superb condition and has never appeared on the market before.

One of Robert Mapplethorpe’s most recognisable images, Calla Lily, 1984, comes to the market with an estimate of £40,000-60,000 (lot 60) - see photo above. The sale catalogue can be found here.

So, get your wallets out before the tax raises start ........

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