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    Sale 7434

    Photographs

    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    BETTINA RHEIMS (b.1952)

    Traci Lords Smoking a Cigarette in the 'Valentino Room' of the Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles, April 1996

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    BETTINA RHEIMS (b.1952)
    Traci Lords Smoking a Cigarette in the 'Valentino Room' of the Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles, April 1996
    oversized chromogenic print
    signed, titled, dated and numbered '2/5', 'BR824' in ink on verso
    48 x 48in. (121.9 x 121.9cm.)


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    'Struggling to survive, [runaway, Nora Kuzma] assumed the name Traci Lords and became a Penthouse centerfold. By age fifteen she was a world-famous porn queen drowining in a sea of sex, drugs and lies until the FBI raided her home just days after her eighteenth birthday' (Traci Lords: Underneath it All, book jacket). This portrait was taken almost 10-years from the date of Lords's arrest.

    This print is number 2 from the sold-out edition of 5.