Man Ray’s Famed {Photograph} of Kiki de Montparnasse Sells for Document $12.4 M.

Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), a famed photograph depicting a nude lady’s again overlaid with a violin’s f-holes, offered for $12.4 million Saturday —setting a document as the most costly {photograph} ever to be offered at public sale.

The sale got here after a drawn-out bidding interval that lasted practically 10 minutes throughout Christie’s New York’s public sale devoted to Surrealist artwork.

Led by auctioneer Adrien Meyer, two bidders on the cellphone with Christie’s New York and Paris-based pictures specialists Darius Himes and Elodie Morel sparred for the classic version. Finally, after bids climbed to unexpected heights, the uncommon print hammered at a worth of $10.5 million to applause, going to Himes’s bidder and nicely outpacing its $7 million excessive estimate.

The print of the long-lasting Man Ray {photograph}, which depicts his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, is a uncommon one in that it’s thought-about an authentic photographic copy. It was made across the time its corresponding adverse was first produced, making it invaluable within the eyes of pictures specialists.

The consequence surpassed the earlier public sale document for {a photograph} by an element of 3 times — set in 2011 when Andreas Gursky’s 1999 panorama Rhein II offered at Christie’s for $4.3 million. The sale additionally shattered the earlier document for {a photograph} by Man Ray, which was set in 2017 when an authentic version of Noire et Blanche (1926) offered for $3 million throughout a Christie’s sale in Paris.

Forward of the sale, Himes, Christie’s worldwide pictures specialist referred to as the work “unprecedented within the market.”

The {photograph} is the highest lot to be provided from the holdings of New York collectors Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, trend retailers who had deep ties to Surrealist circles. The Jacobs purchased Le Violon d’Ingres straight from Man Ray in 1962 and have held on to it ever since. Gersten Jacobs, a longtime Macy’s govt, died in 2019 on the age of 94.


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