Photography auctions usually attract collectors from China, Germany, France and central Europe. However, Hugo Marsh, photographica expert at Special Auction Services, is expecting to see a strong British presence when the doors open on the first ever sale of cameras and images from the collection of the late Earl of Lichfield at 10am on Thursday July 17. “This auction has a special British, royal and sentimental association,” says Marsh, “so I expect more pieces than usual to remain here, particularly the images.”
Patrick Lichfield, who died in 2005, was cousin to Prince Charles and an internationally renowned photographer whose work appeared in magazines and galleries all over the world. Best known for his ultra-glamorous studio portraits of celebrities such as Joan Collins (estimate £200-£300, first picture), Imran Khan (£100-£150) and Nigel Dempster (£200-£300) and royalty (he photographed every royal family in Europe), he was also a highly accomplished advertising and fashion photographer (Nude Study, Girl in a Feathered Hat, £100-£150, second picture).
As well as the framed pictures, all of which hung on the walls of Lichfield’s London studio, the sale includes some of the cameras he worked with on a daily basis. Highlights include an Olympus OM-4 TI and an Olympus 350mm f2.8 black lens (sold as one lot, £1,000-£1,500, third picture). Bidding is expected to be brisk.