The auction house Sotheby's This Friday, a collection of 78 unpublished Hungarian photographs was auctioned in New York Nickolas Muray, among which were several portraits never seen of Frida Kahlo Y Diego Rivera, which sold for $ 35,000.
The lot, which was valued at a range of between 30,000 and 50,000 dollars, was one of the 189 that were part of the auction titled Photographs, with a sample of authors that spanned 150 years of history and an estimate of between 1,000 and 500,000 dollars.
The lot was one of the 189 that were part of the auction titled 'Photographs'
Muray, who collaborated with magazines Vanity Fair Y Harper's Bazaar, he met Kahlo during his visits to the artist Miguel Covarrubias in Mexico and began a decade-long adventure with her in 1931, when he portrayed both of them and Diego Rivera, among others.
Some of these snapshots show Kahlo in homely scenes, such as sitting at the table about to eat, or in the outside of her house, pensively, sitting in front of some cactus. "With subjects from Carl van Vechten, composer Carlos Chavez, illustrator John Held, Jr., social realist artist Marian Greenwood, muralist Roberto Montenegro up to actress Margo Albert, the photographs offer a fascinating leap to Mexico's cultural landscape. the 20s, 30s and 40s, "Sotheby's described on his website.
Some of these snapshots show Kahlo in homely scenes, such as sitting at the table about to eat, or in the exterior of her house, pensively, sitting in front of some cactus
The highest price estimated by the New York house (500,000) was for the work Pelikan Tinte, by the Russian artist El Lissitzky, an "extremely rare" piece that did not reach the maximum value in the auction, remaining at $ 459,000 for this work, which combines photogram and typography.
Sotheby's also put on sale a self-portrait of the artist Andy Warhol, which showed the reference of "pop-art" with an exuberant wig and sunglasses aviator style.
The Polaroid, just 10 centimeters long by seven wide, was taken a year before its death in 1987 and, although its value was estimated between 20,000 and 30,000 dollars, finally the lot was removed.
Muray met Kahlo during her visits to artist Miguel Covarrubias in Mexico and started a decade-long adventure with her in 1931
Another of the works that drew attention during its exhibition was "Gargoyle, Chrysler Building, NYC", by Margaret Bourke-White, a photograph of the gargoyle of the famous New York building.
To take this image, the artist climbed to almost 250 meters high and, although its value could reach 350,000 dollars, the lot was also removed from the auction.
Sotheby's also auctioned a lot of fashion photography with iconic works by Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton or the acclaimed Irving Penn, in this case "Black and White Vogue Cover", the first monochrome cover he made in his career, published in April of 1950 and that it sold for 187,500 dollars.
The auction house also selected a group of "pioneering women" in the world of photography since the 19th century, including "Orchid Cactus (Cactus Blossom)" by Imogen Cunningham, an example of the flower studios they gave international renown and of which no other impression is known, which was auctioned for 150,000 dollars.