BOONTON, N.J. – Millea Bros.‘ Fall Select Auction will take place from December 1-3, with the December 3 session featuring more than 100 lots of photography from the estate of photo agent Peter Schub. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Schub negotiated for some of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century including Irving Penn, Peter Beard, William Klein and Anthony Armstrong Jones. Work from all four artists are represented on Day three of the auction, scheduled for December 3. This recently discovered collection, which was found in a closet in Schub’s apartment, consists of original working prints. Most date to the 1950s and 1960s and were lent by the agent to fashion and lifestyle magazines, or were intended for inclusion in photography monographs and book collections.
Among the 28 Irving Penn works on offer are some of the earliest prints of iconic images such as Penn’s original 1950 Vogue cover image, Girl in Black and White, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also included in the group is Penn’s 1949 image New York Child (J. Auchincloss), estimated at $300-$500, and his 1964 triple portrait Three Cretan Women (With Rope), estimated at $2,000-$3,000. It is one of a series of travel photography images he took during a sojourn in Greece. Other Irving Penn photographs in the sale include portraiture of Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore in his studio, and Ingmar Bergman.
Certain to turn heads is a group of 25 Peter Beard photos that he used in the original production of his seminal 1968 book The End of the Game, led by Boran Woman at Marsabit Hospital, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. On offer alongside these photographs are hand drawings rendered by Beard for the book, as well as photographs of Mick Jagger from a 1972 Madison Square Garden concert Beard attended.
The sale also includes more than 40 fashion and photo-documentary images by William Klein that covers his work in NYC, Paris, Italy, Japan and the USSR. Also featured in the lineup are six photos by Antony Armstrong-Jones, ex-husband of Princess Margaret and better known as Lord Snowden. These include a pair of royal portraits accompanied by the photographers test prints and preliminary sketches. A standout is a 1983 black-and-white portrait of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the infant Prince William, along with a test photo that served as a mockup of the composition. It is estimated at $700-$1,000.
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