• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1985

    Photographs

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 407

    DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)

    Transvestite and her birthday cake, N.Y.C., 1969

    Price Realised  

    DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)
    Transvestite and her birthday cake, N.Y.C., 1969
    gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk
    stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered '46/75' by Doon Arbus, Administrator, in ink and Estate copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps (on the verso)
    14¾ x 14¾in. (37.5 x 37.5cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    "She called me up and said it was her birthday and would I come and I said, 'How terrific.'...The birthday party was me and her, a whore friend of hers and her pimp, and the cake." (Diane Arbus, Revelations, 2003, p. 198)

    Literature

    Diane Arbus Revelations, Random House, 2003, p. 198 for a variant