Striking a pose

Christie’s impressive auction of Kate Moss artworks and photography

Body Armour, 2013 
dye-destruction print, mounted on aluminium (108.6 x 108.6cm). This print is number 1 from the edition of 3 + 2 Artist's Proofs.
Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000
Body Armour, 2013 dye-destruction print, mounted on aluminium (108.6 x 108.6cm). This print is number 1 from the edition of 3 + 2 Artist's Proofs. Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000 | Image: Allen Jones

While curating the upcoming Christie’s exhibition and auction, Kate Moss – The Collection, art collector Gert Elfering made a trenchant comment: “I found myself delighted by the variety and consistent power of the works.” After all, as this selection of 58 photographs and artworks portraying the world’s most famous model demonstrates, the thoroughly chameleonic Moss has assumed a dizzying spectrum of guises. Yet, with her combination of wing-mirror cheekbones, smouldering gaze and effortless flair for fashion, she is also unmistakable.

Kate Moss, Golden Beach, Florida 1997
archival pigment print, printed 2010
image/sheet (76 x 61cm)
Estimate: £4,000-6,000
Kate Moss, Golden Beach, Florida 1997 archival pigment print, printed 2010 image/sheet (76 x 61cm) Estimate: £4,000-6,000 | Image: Bruce Weber

The September 25 sale – which is preceded by a public exhibition from September 21 – is unique for including new artworks specially commissioned by Elfering. These include pop artist Allen Jones’s photograph Body Armour (first picture, estimated between £20,000 and £30,000), which represents Moss in a bronze bodysuit – a modern-day Barbarella.

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For ardent Moss fans, this is also a must-see retrospective spanning her entire career since the early 1990s. A 1997 Bruce Weber photograph depicts her blowing bubbles, girlish and insouciant (second picture, estimated between £4,000 and £6,000). By 2003, mimicking David Bowie as Aladdin Sane in a Nick Knight image for Vogue, she looks stylised and vampish (third picture, estimated between £25,000 and £35,000).

Kate 'Aladdin Sane', for British Vogue  May 2003 
hand-coated archival pigment print, flush-mounted on aluminium, printed 2013 (101.6 x 76.2cm). This print is number 2 from the edition of 10 + 2 Artist's Proofs.
Estimate: £25,000-35,000
Kate 'Aladdin Sane', for British Vogue  May 2003 hand-coated archival pigment print, flush-mounted on aluminium, printed 2013 (101.6 x 76.2cm). This print is number 2 from the edition of 10 + 2 Artist's Proofs. Estimate: £25,000-35,000 | Image: Nick Knight

Another striking image is Chuck Close’s tapestry of 2007, based on a Daguerreotype portrait (fourth picture, estimated between £60,000 and £80,000). The latter is paradoxical: this imposing image – it measures approximately 272cm by 183cm – suggests the idea of a cultural icon on a pedestal, yet Moss is shown in unvarnished, natural mode, the polar opposite of a flawless supermodel.

Kate, 2007 
Jacquard tapestry
with artist's credit, titled, numbered '1 of 10' and production details 'The Magnolia Tapestry Project. Jaquard Tapestry. Woven in Belgium' on fabric label (verso)  (261.6 x 182.9cm).  This work is number 1 from the edition of 10.  
Estimate: £60,000-80,000
Kate, 2007 Jacquard tapestry with artist's credit, titled, numbered '1 of 10' and production details 'The Magnolia Tapestry Project. Jaquard Tapestry. Woven in Belgium' on fabric label (verso)  (261.6 x 182.9cm).  This work is number 1 from the edition of 10. Estimate: £60,000-80,000 | Image: Chuck Close

Across the collection going under the hammer, a plethora of photographic techniques are in evidence – from ­­­gelatin silver prints to chromogenic images. Satisfyingly, this variety mirrors Moss’s adoption of countless looks, which only adds to the collection’s appeal.

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