• Selections from the Baio Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 2407

    Selections from the Baio Collection of Photography

    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    ELLIOTT ERWITT (B. 1928)

    Maquette for a limited edition book, 1950s

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    ELLIOTT ERWITT (B. 1928)
    Maquette for a limited edition book, 1950s
    30 gelatin silver prints, the majority mounted back to back in a 4to. spiral notebook; signed, inscribed 'This is the first volume (?) of an unusually limited edition. To Bill & Peggy affectionately' in ink (on the inside front page)
    varying sizes from 4¾ x 2½in. (12 x 6.4cm.) to 4¾ x 5¾in. (12 x 14.6cm.)


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    This maquette was originally in the collection of William Rossa Cole, with whom Elliott Erwitt formed a lasting friendship in the early 1950s when Erwitt was just begining his career in New York. Mr. Cole was the head of public relations at Knopf and hired Erwitt to photograph authors for book jackets.

    Provenance

    The Estate of William Rossa Cole;
    Christie's, New York, October 4, 2001, lot 244