Guy Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), a famed photograph depicting a nude woman’s again overlaid with a violin’s f-holes, sold for $12.4 million Saturday —setting a file as the most highly-priced photograph at any time to be sold at auction.
The sale arrived following a drawn-out bidding period of time that lasted nearly 10 minutes during Christie’s New York’s auction dedicated to Surrealist artwork.
Led by auctioneer Adrien Meyer, two bidders on the cellular phone with Christie’s New York and Paris-primarily based photographs experts Darius Himes and Elodie Morel sparred for the vintage edition. Inevitably, just after bids climbed to unexpected heights, the scarce print hammered at a cost of $10.5 million to applause, going to Morel’s bidder and nicely outpacing its $7 million superior estimate.
The print of the legendary Man Ray photograph, which depicts his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, is a rare just one in that it is viewed as an primary photographic copy. It was made all over the time its corresponding negative was very first manufactured, creating it important in the eyes of pictures authorities.
The end result surpassed the preceding auction report for a photograph by a component of three periods — set in 2011 when Andreas Gursky’s 1999 landscape Rhein II bought at Christie’s for $4.3 million. The sale also shattered the past file for a photograph by Guy Ray, which was established in 2017 when an initial version of Noire et Blanche (1926) offered for $3 million for the duration of a Christie’s sale in Paris.
Forward of the sale, Himes, Christie’s worldwide photographs expert referred to as the do the job “unprecedented in the market.”
The photograph is the best ton to be provided from the holdings of New York collectors Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, manner suppliers who had deep ties to Surrealist circles. The Jacobs bought Le Violon d’Ingres right from Man Ray in 1962 and have held on to it ever given that. Gersten Jacobs, a longtime Macy’s government, died in 2019 at the age of 94.