The Leon Constantiner photographic collection at Christie’s
#PARIS Ten years after the first session that dispersed part of Leon Constantiner’s photographic collection in New York, Christie is about to organize the second auction in Paris on June 19.
Leon Constantiner has gradually acquired a very important body of iconic images from internationally renowned photographers. Everyone, from Lindbergh to Newton, Avedon to Irving Penn, has made history and given photography a certain idea of the ideals of beauty and glamour established through the pages of glossy fashion magazines. Today these prints, often exceptional because they are rare, are highly sought after by collectors. We saw the prices of some images soaring well beyond the expectations of the market (and probably the will of collectors). We will remember an emblematic print of Richard Avedon’s production “Dowima with elephants” which exceeded 840 000 euros, literally pulverizing the artist’s coast in 2010, a piece that will also be offered for sale.
The enigmatic beauty of the models chosen by the photographers fascinated the uncompromising New York collector and will be the narrative thread of this very personal collection. More recently, his acquisitions of landscapes by the young Israeli scene have brought a new direction more in line with today’s society.
We will of course find, the main point of the sale, the diptych “Sie Kommen, naked and dressed, Paris, 1981” by Helmut Newton that Leon Constantiner discovered in 1991 and which will be at the origin of this devouring passion. The collection represents a beautiful overview of photographic creativity, from the elegance of the 40s and 50s immortalized for Vogue to the major trends that marked fashion photography from the 60s to the 90s,
Paris is still undeniably the capital of fashion and glamour and the sale is already expected to be well attended by the collector community.
The collection is on display until May 16th at Christie’s London at 8 King Street
Sale of the Leon Constantiner collection
wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 4pm
Exhibition: from Saturday 15 June to Tuesday 18 June, 10am-6pm (closing on Sunday), Wednesday 19 June 10am-12pm
9 avenue Matignon
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