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American artist and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Unique gelatin silver print taken by Andy Warhol at Jerry Hall's birthday party July 3, 1980 at Studio 54. In the photograph from left to right are Whitney Tower, Jr., Jerry Hall, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. They are sitting at a table and Hall has a birthday cake in front of her and a pile of flowers on the table. Warhol was known to frequent Studio 54 with his camera, a quiet and meticulous observer of the social scene, searching out subject matter for his art work. Warhol did silk screen portraits of Hall, Jagger, and Richards. This photograph measures 8" x 10". Executed in 1980 and dated July 3, 1980 on verso. Stamped with Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps on verso. Comes with a color copy of a Certificate of Provenance from Christies, with a description and image of this photograph and a second photograph by Warhol which was included in the same lot by Christies. This work is part of a database maintained by Christie's to substantiate provenance in the future and supply relevant information to the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. The Gargosian Galleries is presently offering similar images by Warhol, also from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for $17,000. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 14056
Price: $15,000


American artist and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Unique gelatin silver print taken by Andy Warhol at Jerry Hall's birthday party July 3, 1980 at Studio 54. In the photograph Hall is passing slices of birthday cake over her shoulder to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who is handing them out to guests while Whitney Tower, Jr., heir to the Vanderbilt fortune clowns around with a fork. Warhol was known to frequent Studio 54 with his camera, a quiet and meticulous observer of the social scene, searching out subject matter for his art work. Warhol did silk screen portraits of Hall and Jagger. This photograph measures 8" x 10". Executed in 1980 and dated July 3, 1980 on verso. Stamped with Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps on verso. Comes with a color copy of a Certificate of Provenance from Christies, with a description and image of this photograph and a second photograph by Warhol which was included in the same lot by Christies. This work is part of a database maintained by Christie's to substantiate provenance in the future and supply relevant information to the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. The Gargosian Galleries is presently offering similar images by Warhol, also from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for $17,000. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 14057
Price: $15,000


Andy Warhol, American artist and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Unique gelatin silver print taken by Andy Warhol of American fashion designer Roy Halston with a Geisha Drag Queen at Studio 54. Halston was known as the first ever American "celebrity" designer for his discotheque style dresses popular in the 1970s and was a friend of Warhol. Warhol was known to frequent Studio 54 with his camera, a quiet and meticulous observer of the social scene, searching out subject matter for his art work. Warhol did multiple silk screen portraits of Halston. This photograph measures 8" x 10". Executed in 1980 and dated November 3, 1980 on verso. Stamped with Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps on verso. Comes with a color copy of a Certificate of Provenance from Christies, with a description and image of this photograph. This work is part of a database maintained by Christie's to substantiate provenance in the future and supply relevant information to the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. The Gargosian Galleries is presently offering similar images by Warhol, also from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for $17,000. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 14058
Price: $8,000


American artist and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Unique gelatin silver print taken by Andy Warhol showing famed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg at the June 1980 premiere for "Urban Cowboy," hosted at the Gaylynn Theatre in Houston, Texas, where the film was set. The premiere was followed by an afterparty at Gilley's, which was prominent in the film, and Warhol was among the attendees. Furstenberg is decked out for the occasion in a southwestern style scarf, suspenders and a sheriff's badge which reads "Disco Sucks." She appears poised to speak, giving this photograph a living quality. Warhol was known as a quiet and meticulous observer of the social scene, searching out subject matter for his art work. Warhol first met von Furstenberg at Studio 54 and went on to do a famous silk screen portrait of her. This photograph measures 8" x 10". Executed in 1980. Stamped with Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps on verso. Comes with a color copy of a Certificate of Provenance from Christies, with a description and image of the photograph. This work is part of a database maintained by Christie's to substantiate provenance in the future and supply relevant information to the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. The Gargosian Galleries is presently offering similar images by Warhol, also from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for $17,000. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 14053
Price: $8,000


20th-century American photographer. He has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…" This photograph titled "Juniper, Lake Tenaya." Silver print, 9 3/8x7 3/8 inches (23.8x18.7 cm.), with the Negative by Edward Weston hand stamp with Cole Weston's signature, in pencil, and the title, also in pencil, on mount verso. 1937; printed 1970s. This photograph has appeared in Edward Weston's Gifts to His Sister, 50; Edward Weston: Photographs, 1087/1937. A variation of this image appears in: Edward Weston: Fifty Years, 183; Edward Weston in Retrospect, 45; Supreme Instants: The Photography of Edward Weston, 82; My Photographs of California, 31.

Item Number: 14177
Price: $2,850


Signed Original Gelatin silver print photograph by Robert Doisneau. This is one of his most famous images. Unmounted. Photograph taken in 1964. Printed 1981. Image size 12-3/4" x 9-1/2". An amusing yet impressive image of workers raising a Roman bronze female nude. The workers are holding the bronze by both breasts in the middle of the Louvre courtyard. Signed by Doisneau in ink in the margin; initialed, titled, and dated in ink on the verso. Beautiful and scarce in this large format. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 14071
Price: $2,800


An early original black & white photograph of the Hajj Pilgrimage, Atop Mount Arafat, outside of Mecca, Circa 1930. Measures: 3.5" x 5.5", with Arabic writing to bottom right hand corner. This photo captures thousands of Muslim pilgrims on their second day of pilgrimage, the culminating experience of the Hajj, gathered together to pray atop the very sacred site of Mt. Arafat (Mount of Mercy), outside of Mecca, in the 1930's. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14938
Price: $950


Brassai, (Gyula Halász) major 20th century photographer known for his provocative images of a nocturnal Paris. Typed letter Signed "Brassai", in French, on Brassai’s personal stationary. 11-3/4" x 8-1/4" inches. Paris, September 9, 1976. The great photographer writes on the release of his new photography book "The Secret Paris of the Thirties" and his upcoming show at the Marlborough Gallery. Brassai writes in this letter on the publication of his new book. "My book, the Secret Paris of the Thirties (Pantheon Books) - is due out at the same time." This book was in many ways the culmination of Brassai's vision of Paris begun by his 1933 classic photography book, ‘Paris de Nuit’ (1933), which today is considered today to be one of the most important books on 20th century photography. Its widespread critical acclaim garnered Brassai with the nickname "the eye of Paris", originally coined by Henry Miller. However, it was not complete, as many pictures from his original series were excluded for being too risqué. Brassai's 1976 publication of “The Secret Paris of the 30s” finally allowed the great photographer to complete his vision of the 1930s Paris underworld. His subjects included bars, dives, night-clubs, one-night hotels, bordellos, and opium dens. He was known to enter rundown buildings and houses in the middle of the night, shock and frighten the occupants, just to see what view of Paris he might encounter through their open window. The photos in the book were accompanied by text in which Brassai described the extraordinary conditions under which he took his photographs. "I was inspired to become a photographer by my desire to translate all things that enchanted me in the nocturnal Paris I was experiencing." (The Secret Paris of the 30's, 1976) Brassai writes "As it happens I turned 77 today (9.9.1899). This short note is just to let you know we will be in New York from the 12th to the 28th of September, because I want to attend the opening of my show at the Marlbororough Gallery." The exhibition at New York’s Marlborough gallery was held in conjunction with the publication of his book "The Secret Paris of the Thirties" which is also mentioned in this letter. It was clearly an important event for Brassai, who had waited over 40 years to see his complete and unredacted vision of Paris nightlife revealed to the public. The photos of this exhibit, which are the same as the photos published in his book, represent the peak of Brassai's creative output during the years 1931-1932, at the beginning of his career and over 40 years before their eventual publication. Many of the photographs were new in the sense that they had not been published prior to this book or publicly exhibited prior to the Marlborough exhibition. Included were powerful images such as his 'Bijou of Montmartre.' Brassai has signed this letter in large bold purple marker "Brassai" with an underline. He has also added a handwritten postscript in large green marker "venir nous soutenir" which translates "come support us." A content rich letter discussing one of Brassai's most important publications as well as its corresponding exhibition. Folded twice through the center. In excellent condition with a large, bold, and colorful signature.

Item Number: 14264
Price: $800


A collection of press photos of Saudi Arabian rulers, King Saud, King Faisal, and a young Prince Mashhur. 7 black-and-white press photos, image sizes 5.5"x 7.5" through 7" x 9," published between 1957-74. A fine collection of 7 press photographs showing the Saudi rulers King Saud and King Faisal at various Arab Summit Conferences (Cairo, Algiers, and Rabat) and state visits with international political leaders (United Arab Republic President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptain President Anwar Sadat, King Hassan II of Morocco, Syrian President Hafez Assad, and US President Dwight Eisenhower.) Other photos show King Saud leaving the Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts' where he had been a patient in November of 1957, and a photo capturing a tender embrace between King Saud and a young Prince Mashhur, enroute to the airport with US President Eisenhower. All images have written press notations on the verso, above or below the photo. One photo has ink markings to margin and press notations, not affecting image. A fascinating collection capturing Saudi Arabian leadership and international connectivity. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14590
Price: $750


New York, NY. Harry N. Abrams Inc. First Edition. First printing. 1985. Softcover. SIGNED by Richard Avedon on the page with his name, about 8 pages in. Inscribed. Dated 1986. Folio-over 12"-15" tall. Pictorial wrappers. With large black and white photographic panels on the front and rear covers. Photographs and foreword by the gifted Avedon, with a background essay by Laura Wilson. Magnificent collection of b&w photographic portraits completed with the support of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Unpaginated but about 184 pp. with 114 large format duotone photographs printed on high quality paper. Designed by Marvin Israel and Elizabeth Avedon. Portraits of blue collar westerners, captured, with respect and dignity. This book is said to be Avedon's best. He was making an attempt at getting away from his glamorous celebrity photographer image with these portraits. Nicely printed. Very Good. Covers have a few soil spots. Fingerprints near the spine. Scratches visible in the light. Small pink stain to rear cover. Tiny right angle crease to lower right hand corner front cover. Binding excellent. Text is clean. Photos themselves are very good plus with no marks. No creases or tears to the foldouts which is often the case. An incredible book. A spectacular SIGNED copy.

Item Number: 13950
Price: $650


English Painter and photographer. "That's the Way I See It" London: Chronicle [1993]. First Edition in dustjacket. Inscribed by the Author in pen on front endpaper "For Mimi + Bernie" and signed "David Hockney." Hockney's visual autobiography. Includes 350 reproductions of Hockney's paintings, graphic designs, and experimental work are closely interwoven with the artist's insightful and highly personal narrative. Accessible, articulate, and always ahead of their time, Hockney's compostions and reflections offer a fascinationg look at a uniquely talented artist. A clean, crisp copy in clean dustjacket. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14188
Price: $585


SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, by Helmut Newton, First Edition 1978 Congreve, hardcover, 148 pages. Signed by Helmut Newton with a personal dedication, written in 1987, to one Ruth Ellen Taylor, a Los Angeles socialite/philanthropist who, in her youth during the 40's-50's, used to associate with such people as Howard Hughes, Getty, etc.. This book is in very good condition, clean and tight with no other markings inside besides the photographer's signature. The dust jacket is in good condition, no tears, but does have wear along the top and bottom edges; the bottom front of the jacket has the most visible wear, with several short fold lines and creasing.

Item Number: 14158
Price: $585


American Photograph famed for his photographs of Native Americans. Edward Sherrif Curtis began his career in Seattle as a portrait photographer in 1891. His dream, to document in text and photographs every Indian tribe west of the Mississippi, came to fruition throughout a fortunate encounter with a few men devoted to naturalism and ethnography whom he rescued from the peak of Mount Rainier in 1898. His portrait skills came to the attention of Theodore Roosevelt, whose children Curtis had photographed. Roosevelt lent his support to the project by arranging an introduction to a formidable patron, J.P. Morgan and personally authored the foreword to "The North American Indian" text. The project took 16 years longer than first projected exceeding the budget by nearly 1.4 million dollars. Curtis’ lifework was fraught with personal and financial sacrifice, yet it stands as a true labor of love that endures as a legacy to the heritage of the Nation. Curtis issued 20 volumes containing 1500 images from 1907 to 1930 and an additional 720 folio-sized images that were issued in 36 portfolios of 20 images apiece. The 20 volumes were limited to 500 copies, although only about 300 of these were ever bound and sold. The photographs were printed on a variety of paper types, and it has been speculated by experts that only about twenty percent were published on tissue paper, a kind of paper long held in high esteem by photographers for its capacity to reproduce subtle and nuanced gradations of tone, light and depth. The photograph we are offering is an original print (not a reprint or reproduction) that was removed from one of the original bound volumes. From Volume 18. Image date 1926. Image size 7-3/8"x5-1/2". Title, date and photographer's copyright are printed on the tissue below the image. Mounted to an overall size of 9-1/2"x12-1/2". Very good condition with slight foxing on the lower right corner of the tissue, not affecting the image.

Item Number: 14208
Price: $550


Celebrated U.S. photographer known for his dramatic images of nature's beauty. Signed large coffee table book "Photographs of the Southwest", 1976 copyright, 9" x 12", "Ex Libris - From Your Friends at Deer Park High School." A selection of some of Adams' most striking images, made from 1928 to 1968 in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Texas. The book is a powerful and evocative record of the unique landscape of the Southwest, as well as its people and its distinctive architecture. Signed and inscribed in brown felt tip on the dedication page, "To Al Davidson, a friend of artists and the arts, Ansel Adams, NY 11.8.76". Hardcover with dust jacket. In very good condition.

Item Number: 12012
Price: $550


A collection of 3 original photos of Bedouins in the Arabian desert in the 1920's. 5.5" x 3.5" Rev. George W. Breaden undertook a trip into Hedjaz via Ma'an and Akaba for the purpose of investigating the feasibility of opening up missionary and educational work in the Arabian Peninsula. He was subsequently arrested, and sent out of the country from Jeddah. The first photo captures life in the desert under the shelter of a tent with a Bedouin family. The second photo shows a group of Bedouin men next to a 1920's car in the desert. In the final photo Breaden and a Bedouin are astride on camels in the desert. 2 photos missing one corner, notations on verso. Overall in good condition.

Item Number: 14508
Price: $550


1928 Press Photgraph of Arab Desert Warriors vs Wahabi Raiders. 10" by 8." Dated April 17, 1928. Image of a couple dozen Arab desert warriors patrolling on horses armed with rifles. This press photo was taken from London to show the Arab Desert Police acting with the Bristish forces against the Wahabi Riders after the British Royal Air Force bombed a stronghold of Wahabi raiders in the Nejd Desert. In good condition.

Item Number: 14409
Price: $550


American Photograph famed for his photographs of Native Americans. Vintage photogravure "Painting Poles--Cheyenne" 1910. Edward Sherrif Curtis began his career in Seattle as a portrait photographer in 1891. His dream, to document in text and photographs every Indian tribe west of the Mississippi, came to fruition throughout a fortunate encounter with a few men devoted to naturalism and ethnography whom he rescued from the peak of Mount Rainier in 1898. His portrait skills came to the attention of Theodore Roosevelt, whose children Curtis had photographed. Roosevelt lent his support to the project by arranging an introduction to a formidable patron, J.P. Morgan and personally authored the foreword to "The North American Indian" text. The project took 16 years longer than first projected exceeding the budget by nearly 1.4 million dollars. Curtis’ lifework was fraught with personal and financial sacrifice, yet it stands as a true labor of love that endures as a legacy to the heritage of the Nation. The set of twenty volumes and accompanying portfolios were illustrated with beautiful gravures. Image date 1910. Image size 7-3/8"x5-1/2". Title, date and photographer's copyright are printed below the image. Mounted to an overall size of 14"x16". Very good condition.

Item Number: 14207
Price: $450


Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House Inc, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Sumo Sized. An Autobiography. Richard Avedon. The autobiography of the photography told in his photos. Very good condition. Pages are crisp. Slightly perceptible bend to the corner. Signed by Richard Avedon.

Item Number: 13929
Price: $450


Signed book: Nothing Personal. First edition. NY: Atheneum, 1964. Hardcover, 10.75 x 14.5. Signed and inscribed in black felt tip on the reverse of the first free end page, “Dear Lenny, for you and all the Lyons with affection, Dick Avedon.” Some light wear and soiling to covers and adhesive residue to top of spine, otherwise fine condition.

Item Number: 13959
Price: $450


Iconic American photographer, known for her daring celebrity portraits. Random House, New York, 2008. Cloth. Book and dust jacket fine condition. First Edition, First Printing. Signed "Annie Leibovitz." New York: Random House, (2008). The book measures 9.5" x 7.5". 137 pages. Original gray cloth stamped in black & gray. Includes pictorial wrap-around. Photo-illustrated throughout in black & white and color.

Item Number: 13948
Price: $450


A striking collection of 10 Vintage Original photographs of Morocco's Capital, Rabat, in the 1930's. Image size: 2.7" x 3.5." The photos captured in this collection are bold and intriguing both in subject mater and composition. They represent a beautiful array of sites within Rabat, including images of the Moorish monument Bab Oudaia, the royal palace, people strolling along the downtown promenade, architectural and street views, and a street market. A very nice collection in excellent condition.

Item Number: 14596
Price: $425


Acclaimed U.S. photographer known for his dramatic images of nature's beauty. Typed Letter Signed on the reverse of a postcard of Adam's beautiful photograph of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur, one page, 6 x 4", July 28, 1981. Short letter to a collector. In part, 'I do not have a photograph of myself but instead am sending you this postcard of one of my favorite photographs.' Signed in black "Ansel Adams". In fine condition.

Item Number: 9995
Price: $425


Signed book: Yosemite and the Range of Light. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1979. Hardcover with dust jacket, 15.5 x 12.25. Signed in black felt tip on a specially printed bookplate affixed to the front free end page. In fine condition, with scattered light wear to dust jacket.

Item Number: 13958
Price: $350


US Photographer. Ansel Adams' eye for stark and dramatic contrast found a fascinating study of light and shadow in the dunes at Oceano California. Typed Letter Signed on the reverse of a postcard of Adam's photo of Old Faithful, one page, 6 x 4.25, January 28, 1983. Short letter to a collector. In part, 'I hope this postcard will add to your collection. I wish you luck in the future.' In fine condition.

Item Number: 9780
Price: $280


Pair of vintage sepia toned vintage photos depicting bridge construction in New York's South New Bowery, dated 1915. Both photos present the viewer with workers in vintage clothes, performing construction work or overseeing progress on the bridge; the photos also include several horse-drawn carriages assisting in hauling construction materials. Both photos measure 7.5x9.5" and are in very good condition.

Item Number: 14885
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Vintage black and white photo of New York City, marked 1902 by A. Loeffler. Copyrighted in 1902, the photograph shows the historic Park Row Building, which rises up above the bustling city streets. Marked on the back "Charles L. Ritsmann, 228 Fifth Avenue, Between 26th and 27th Sts. NY" and measuring 7x9.5" and in very good condition.

Item Number: 14884
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Original vintage photograph of the Farmer's Loan and Trust Building and F.W. Woolworth, dated 1926. Emphasizing the size and scale of the building, the photograph also depicts the early cars and street traffic of the city. A notation in the lower left corner states, "Farmer's Loan Trust Bldg. 5AY & 415tC17650. Copyright 1926, by Irving Underhill, NY." The photo is striking and large, measuring approximately 13x11". In very good condition.

Item Number: 14881
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Original black and white photograph of the Palace of the Emir of Dhala, dated March 15, 1957. 7x9". Beautiful black and white photo depicting the weathered ancient Palace of the Emir in the Amirate of Dhala, Aden. Built into the bouldered landscape, the facade of the palace turret is constructed of the same textured rocks adorning the hillsides around it. In the foreground, a small calf forages amid the dry grasses while a line a royal guards stand watch on the opposite side of a stone wall. Some wrinkling to the bottom edge and right corner of the photograph., and some age related cracking to the top portion, neither affecting the clarity of the image. Otherwise in good condition.

Item Number: 14785
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Original black and white photo of a New York street scene, dated on the bottom "3-20-1916." The photo depics the Hermitage Hotel and Paramount Pictures Broadway Theatre as well as a series of charming early automobiles and streetcars. With a vintage tag that reads in part: "Location - 7th Ave, 40-41Sts. Camera at Sta 276+02, 15' W of center line. View - Facing north, showing condition of street surface." Measures 7.5x9.5" with very minor chipping to edges. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14883
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