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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 89

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

    Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1974

    Price Realised  


    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
    Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1974
    chromogenic print
    signed, dated, annotated 'exhibited in Paris + London' in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the verso)
    7 7/8 x 12in. (30.3 x 20cm.)

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    From the artist to Terence Donovan, 1976;
    by descent to his son, Dan Donovan;
    acquired 2004.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The people in my pictures are 'arranged' in a kind of mise-en-scène, but my pictures aren't false; they're based on what I see in life with my own eyes. For example, the photo of the woman in the Eiffel Tower briefs: obviously this takes place after work -- the business-man has picked up his friend. He's wearing a blue suit, nice cuff links, and he's driving a black D.S. Citroën - a classic middle-class and government car in France. On the seat beside the woman is the establishment newspaper Le Monde. And what he does before he goes home (he hasn't reached the stage yet where he takes his friend to a hotel) is to undress her in the car. This happens all the time during the summer in the Bois de Boulogne. The cars are piled up as if on a Lovers' Lane in America. -- Helmut Newton


    Newton, White Women, Stonehill Press, 1976, pp. 68-69.


    Galerie Nikon, Paris, Spring, 1975;
    The Photographers' Gallery, London, January 1976.