DALLAS – A striking array of celebrity photographs and a collection of Ansel Adams landscapes are among the most coveted images that will be available Oct. 11 in Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Auction in New York. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Expected to be among the top lots is Lawrence Schiller’s 1962 Marilyn 12 Portfolio (12 photographs), which carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000. The collection of 15-by-23-inch gelatin silver and dye coupler photos – number 45 in an edition of 75 – is housed in the original black vinyl clamshell box embossed with the portfolio title, the artist’s name and publisher. Among the included images are photos of the legendary Hollywood starlet enjoying sparklers in the top of a birthday cake, swimming while nude (above) and a contact sheet with 29 images of her photo shoot in and around a pool .
Terry O’Neill’s 1968 Frank Sinatra and Bodyguards, Fountainbleau, Miami Beach (est. $20,000-$30,000) is an oversized (47-by-71-inch) gelatin silver image that depicts the legendary singer and actor, his bodyguards and a body double at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach in an image that O’Neill said happened by accident. O’Neill had been trying to figure out the best way to capture Sinatra, who was at the Fountainebleau while filming Lady In Cement (in which he starred as private investigator Tony Rome) when he and his crew “appeared around the corner of the boardwalk with his bodyguards, and I just captured the moment,” O’Neill said.
Ian Macmillan’s 1969 The Beatles, Abbey Road consists of two rare alternate cover photograph outtakes. The shoot produced one of the most famous album cover images of all time. The 17-by-16 7/8-inch dye coupler images are number 10 in an edition of 25.
In 1977, the man known simply as “The Greatest” was captured in John Stewart’s 1977 Group of Seven Photographs featuring Muhammad Ali (est. $10,000-$15,000). The set of 27 ¼ -by-20 3/8-inch fresson carbon prints includes images that reveal the violent nature of the charismatic Ali’s occupation through close-ups of his fist, his powerful arm and a tight shot of his sweat-covered face staring intensely into the camera, and his sensitive side in an image of the champ holding a dove on one finger and an image of a turtleneck-clad Ali looking pensive while resting his jaw in his hand.
Annie Leibovitz’s 1999 Bruce Springsteen, Philadelphia (est. $10,000-$15,000) is extraordinary, not just because of its composition – at first glance, it almost looks like everything around the artist referred to as “The Boss” is in black and white – but also because of its sheer size. The oversized dye coupler image of Springsteen making his set list for his Sept. 20, 1999 concert in Philadelphia measures 44 1/2 inches high by 65 inches wide, and is signed and dated in ink with the title and edition “1/1” printed on a label on the reverse of the frame.
A group of 16 images by the legendary photographer and environmentalist are among the lots expected to draw considerable attention at the auction. Among the Adams highlights is Aspens, Northern New Mexico (est. $20,000-$30,000). The image is extraordinary in the way the light aspen trees grab the light, while everything behind them is dark, almost as if it isn’t there.