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    Sale 7434


    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    HERB RITTS (1952-2002)

    Madonna, New York City, 1984

    Price Realised  


    HERB RITTS (1952-2002)
    Madonna, New York City, 1984
    unique dye-transfer print
    printer's crop/registration stickers on recto; transparent overleaf with printing notations in wax pencil; titled and dated in unknown hand in wax pencil on reverse of mount
    19½ x 16 1/8in. (49.5 x 40.9cm.)

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    This photograph, made near the release of Madonna's first movie, 'Desperately Seeking Susan', marks the first meeting and collaboration of Ritts and Madonna. According to the Herb Ritts Foundation, this image was licensed to Playboy for one-time usage and was never made into an edition. The present lot is a unique print, used to lay out, originate and colour correct the Playboy cover.

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    Christie's, New York, Playboy at 50: Selections from the Archive, 17 December 2003, lot 269;
    acquired by present owner.


    Playboy, September 1985, cover (fig.1).