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Michael Jackson, photographer unknown, estimated at $300-$500

Vintage celebrity shots abound in Nov. 9 sale of gelatin silver photographs

Michael Jackson, photographer unknown, estimated at $300-$500
Michael Jackson, photographer unknown, estimated at $300-$500

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, November 9, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer a sale of Vintage Gelatin Silver Photographs. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The tightly curated November 9 sale contains precisely 100 lots of vintage photographs, all in black and white and almost all having to do with celebrity and fame in some way. Among the selections are Ramey Sam Shaw images of a grinning Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate, trying and failing to hold her skirts in place; Russell C. Turiak’s portrait of a shirtless Arnold Schwarzenegger on a tennis court, racket in hand; Annie Leibowitz’s depiction of a suit-and-tie-wearing Bruce Springsteen; and an unforgettable Bob Carlos Clarke portrait of Ozzy Osbourne, seated and barefoot and staring directly at the camera.

Michel Sima Archive Photos NY, ‘Picasso,’ estimated at $300-$500
Michel Sima Archive Photos NY, ‘Picasso,’ estimated at $300-$500

Also featured is a Bob Willoughby photo of Frank Sinatra at the microphone; a shot of a contemplative, behatted John Lennon by Beryl Bryden; a Brian Hamill portrait of Michael Caine that perfectly captures the attitude of the actor; Peter Sanders showing Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in full-throated song; William Gottlieb’s expressive portrait of Cab Calloway; Glenn A. Baker’s group shot of the members of the Velvet Underground; Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, with a guitar in one hand and a cigarette in the other, photographed by Michel Linssen; and notable images of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen by John R. Hamilton.

Among the highlights is a work by an unknown photographer showing singer Michael Jackson seated at the counter of a diner. Oblivious to the patrons behind him, Jackson, observed only by the person holding the camera, enjoys a fleeting, private, happy thought that prompts a smile. The gelatin silver print is estimated at $300-$500.

Another standout is a work from the Michel Sima archive of photos, titled Picasso. It depicts the legendary artist seated cross-legged on a mattress in his atelier in Antibes in 1946. Sima was a renowned photographic chronicler of Picasso. The image has an estimate of $300-$500.

Francois Lehr, ‘Peter Falk and Wim Wenders,’ estimated at $300-$500
Francois Lehr, ‘Peter Falk and Wim Wenders,’ estimated at $300-$500

Rounding out the highlights is a Francois Lehr image of actor Peter Falk and director Wim Wenders on the set of The Sky Above Berlin (released in 1987 in the United States as Wings of Desire), estimated at $300-$500.

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