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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

    Jenny Kapitan, Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977

    Price Realised  


    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
    Jenny Kapitan, Pension Dorian, Berlin, 1977
    gelatin silver print, printed later
    signed, titled, dated, numbered '3/10' in pencil and Monte-Carlo copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps (on the verso)
    22¼ x 15in. (56.6 x 38.2cm.)

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    Newton made this study of Jenny Kapitan, a favourite model at the time who became a fashion editor, in a room in the Pension Dorian in Berlin. The dark, baroque décor so redolent of the typical Berlin interiors that Newton remembered from his childhood had an added element of history that piqued the photographer's curiosity. For this hotel had served during the war as a bordello for the upper ranks of the Nazi party -- the notorious 'Salon Kitty'.


    Galerie Rudolf Kicken


    Newton, Sleepless Nights, Quartet, 1978, p. 87;
    Newton, Special Collection 24 Photo Lithos, Quartet, 1979, pl. 1;
    Newton, Private Property, Schirmer/Mosel, 1989, pl. 5;
    Helmut Newton: Work, Taschen, 2000, p. 209.