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Bette Davis Eyes And Other Natural Phenomena: Photographs At No Reserve
USD 248,094
Close rate: 100.00% (71/71)
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Auction introduction: Sotheby’s Photographs presents its summer sale Bette Davis Eyes and Other Natural Phenomena – anchored by Victor Skrebneski’s iconic portrait of the famed actress and Roddy McDowall’s unique photographic collage of Davis. Taking inspiration from Kim Carnes’ 1982 Grammy-winning song ‘Bette Davis Eyes,’ auction highlights include many images of striking, often seductive women, such as Edward Weston’s portraits of Tina Modotti and Charis Wilson; William Wegman’s inventive reimagining of the tale of Cinderella; Vik Muniz’s contemporary interpretation of Gustave Courbet’s infamous painting The Origin of the World; and Yasumasa Morimura’s self-portrait in the guise of Frida Kahlo. The sale also features cityscapes by Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt and Garry Winogrand; landscapes and seascapes by Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Karine Laval; still life studies by William Eggleston and Andy Warhol; interiors by Diane Arbus and Matthew Pillsbury; and surrealist-inspired montages by Jerry Uelsmann. With several estimates starting at just $1,000, all photographs are offered at No Reserve and present an exciting opportunity for seasoned and new collectors alike. Bidding will be open July 21–28.