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  • Christie's photograph auction delights with $600,000 Weston nude
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Christie's photograph auction delights with $600,000 Weston nude

Christie's has announced that the first of its photography auctions in 2013, named the deLIGHTed eye: Modern Masterworks from a Private Collection, will be held in New York on April 4.

Moholy-Nagy Fotogramm
This Moholy-Nagy photogram was the first purchase ever made for the collection


The sale comprises a collection of 70 vintage prints, which was formed by a private collector and his advisor, Jill Rose, who later became vice president of the International Centre of Photography. Expected to realise ariound $5.2m, the collection focuses on photographers who influenced the artistic revolution in western Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.

Many of the prints were executed between 1900 and 1925, with pieces from the likes of Man Ray, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. Leading the sale is one of Weston's most important nudes, which is expected to sell for $400,000-600,000.

Despite being one of his finest works, the 1925 palladium print is actually very little-known, with Christie's stating that it was probably only published once in 1980 for the cover of a New York photograph sale. It depicts Miriam Lerner, with whom Weston shared a passionate affair in California.

Also starring is a unique 1925 photogram from Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, which was the first purchase of the collection. The abstract work is estimated at $200,000-300,000.

Coburn Vortograph
Coburn was a member of the short-live vorticism movement, which focused on abstract geometric forms


Sharing this estimate is Alvin Langdon Coburn's The Eagle (Vortograph), which was created in 1917. The piece was once part of a larger vorticist series, which attempted to prove that cameras could be truly abstract.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic item for the photography collector: a signed copy of Yousef Karsh's fifty-year retrospective.

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