Yosemite blanketed by the wintry glint of the Milky Way; Elizabeth Taylor on the set of the 1956 film Giant, twirling a lasso with bewitchingly sexual nonchalance; Mohammed Ali versus The Beatles; a sublimely seductive Joan Collins in 1955 as she reclines on a bed and cradles a miniature pink poodle. These are just four of the photographs being auctioned on Tuesday January 29 in New York as part of the FT’s seasonal appeal.
This year, the FT’s appeal is in aid of The Global Fund for Children, which supports local initiatives for vulnerable children in many of the poorest countries. Up for sale on its behalf, in association with Christie’s New York, are 17 striking images by some of the world’s best photographers, including Slim Aarons (specialist in society), Frank Worth (Hollywood), Steve McCurry (photojournalism) and Chris Smith (sport).
Many of the prints are rare examples from highly desirable limited editions, such as Nadav Kander’s signed silvery-glowing portrait in profile of Barack Obama ($4,800-$8,000, edition two of five). Some – as in the case of Jane Fonda’s Barbarella costume fitting, photographed by David Hurn in 1967 ($1,200-$2,000) – are from an archival edition, while Robert Capa’s shot of Pablo Picasso playing on the beach with his son Claude in 1948 ($2,400-$4,000) is one of a very limited group of collectors’ prints created in the 1980s.
It’s an extraordinary collection of images: some amusing or moving, others powerful or profound. The work of The Global Fund for Children is similarly extraordinary. Dig deep.
First picture: Lot 15. Boy in Mid-Flight, Jodhpur, India by Steve McCurry (2007). 16in x 20in signed C-print on Fuji crystal archival print, mounted and framed. Estimate: $4,000-$8,000.
Second picture: Lot 6. Elizabeth Taylor by Frank Worth. 11in x 14in archival pigment print, estate stamped, edition one of 245, mounted and framed. Estimate: $1,100-$1,400.
Third picture: Lot 10. Joan Collins by Slim Aarons (1955). 20in x 24in lambda print, estate stamped, edition eight of 150, mounted and framed. Estimate: $1,300-$2,000.
Fourth picture: Lot 11. Pablo Picasso and his son Claude at the Beach by Robert Capa (1948). 12.5in x 18.8in gelatin silver print, open edition, one of a very limited (but unnumbered) group of collectors’ prints that Cornell Capa had printed in the 1980s for the estate of his brother, mounted and framed. Estimate: $2,400-$4,000.
Fifth picture: Lot 4. Yosemite Wintery Night by Wally Pacholka (2012). 24in x 36in printed on canvas, signed, edition one of 250, mounted and framed. Estimate: $1,280-$1,920.