50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

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50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs


50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs
Auction: Mon 12 Apr - Thu 22 Apr 2021
Exhibition: - Thu 22 Apr 2021
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This year, Sotheby’s celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first Photographs Auction, which took place in Sotheby’s London in 1971. Marking this occasion, London and New York have joined forces to showcase and offer 50 masterpieces from the most iconic and influential photographers.

Sotheby’s London is proud to invite our collectors on a journey through the history of Photography. This exploration will be portrayed in 25 works – starting with a work pertaining to the early days of the medium through Gustave Le Gray’s practice, before exploring 20th century modernist works by Frantisek Drtikol and Erwin Blumenfeld, as well as fashion photography through the lens of Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh and Guy Bourdin, concluding with contemporary works by Chris Levine, Martin Parr and Nobuyoshi Araki.

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+44 207 293 5000 


For sale enquiries please contact:

Brandei Estes


Head of Department

+44 207 293 5586


Justine Gruser

Deputy Director


+44 20 7293 5896


Irene Gonzalez

Junior Cataloguer

+44 (0)20 7293 5541


Charlotte Lee

Senior Administrator

+44 (0)20 7293 5758



Guy Bourdin ‘Mousehole’, Charles Jourdan, Autumn 1979

Estimate £18,000-25,000

all images © the gallery and the artist(s)

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