Some of fashion industry’s most iconic photographs are hitting the auction block at Sotheby’s, with one of Richard Avedon’s most famous images expected to fetch upwards of $300,000.
The photographs included in A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch were collected by famed hair color guru Leland Hirsh over the course of nearly two decades.
The collection, which goes under the hammer on April 10, features more than 50 notable portraits from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Models: The Sotheby’s auction A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch features Herb Ritts’ famous ‘Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood’
Showstopper: Richard Avedon’s famous ‘Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque D’Hiver, Paris,’ could fetch anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000
Icon: Peter Beard’s photos of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, titled ‘Photo Lesson on the S.S. Caroline, Skorpios, Greece, July 1972,’ are expected to fetch upwards of $15,000
Throwback: Irving Penn’s ‘Vogue Christmas Cover’ from 1949 is expected to be auctioned off for an estimated $60,000 to $90,000
Among the works is photographer Herb Ritts’ famous ‘Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood.’
The iconic black and white image shows 1980s supermodels Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell naked and cuddled together on the floor.
As one of the most recognizable fashion images of the 20th century, it is expected to be auctioned off for an estimated $50,000 to $70,000.
A more budget-friendly option may be Grillo Demo’s photo of Elle Macpherson, titled ‘Elle With Falling Jasmine.’
The black and white portrait, which shows a the naked model hidden behind a flower, is expected to sell for an estimated $4,000 to $6,000.
Snake charmer: Richard Avedon’s photo of Nastassja Kinski and a serpent could sell for $90,000 or more
‘The Body’: Grillo Demo’s photo of Elle Macpherson, titled ‘Elle With Falling Jasmine,’ is expected to sell for between $4,000 and $6,000
Pricey art: Peter Beard’s image of Maureen Gallagher feeding a giraffe in 1987 is expected to sell for anywhere between $200,000 and $300,000
Ready to fight? Expect to pay $15,000 or more for Michael Halsband’s image of Andy Warhold and Jean-Michel Basquiat, titled ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat + Andy Warhol, N. Y. C.’
Meanwhile, Chuck Close’s untitled diptych of monochrome pigment prints of Kate Moss could go for an estimated $25,000 or more.
Although there are plenty of photos of famous models, one of the most iconic faces in the collection is that of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Peter Beard’s ‘Photo Lesson on the S.S. Caroline, Skorpios, Greece, July 1972’ features two black and white pictures of the former first lady.
In one image she is holding a camera up to her face and taking a photo; she is smiling in the other.
The framed images are expected to sell from anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000.
The collection also features plenty of fashion photography from legendary photographers Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
Ocean view: ‘Nude in Seaweed, Saint Tropez,’ by Helmut Newton is worth an estimated $20,000 to $30,000
Legend: Expect to pay upwards of $6,000 for Horst P. Horst’s photo of designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel that was taken for American Vogue in 1937
Famous face: Irving Penn’s black and white photo of fashion model Mary Jane Russell smoking on a beach in Long Island in estimated to go for $20,000 to $30,000
Hard to miss: Steven Meisel’s photo of Madonna hitching a ride, which is featured in her coffee-table book ‘Sex’ could go for $5,000 or more
In demand: Chuck Close’s untitled diptych of monochrome pigment prints of Kate Moss are expectorated to auction for an estimated $25,000 or more
Avedon’s black and white portrait of the 1950s model Dovima posed with elephants appears to be the most valuable image in the lot.
‘Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque D’Hiver, Paris’ is expected to be auctioned off for an estimated $300,000 to $500,000.
In the beloved image, Dovima is wearing a long-sleeve Diro gown with a sash around her waist, and she is posed with her hand resting on the trunk of an elephant.
Meanwhile, Penn’s ‘Vogue Christmas Cover’ from 1949 could go for $90,000 or more.
Other pieces in Hirsch’s collection that are hitting the auction block include Surrealist portraits by Man Ray and famous images by Diane Arbus.
The collection of fashion photography will be showcased in exhibitions held in Los Angeles and San Francisco to accompany the sale in New York.