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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)

    Cigarette and Lips, New York, before 1961

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)
    Cigarette and Lips, New York, before 1961
    chromogenic print, printed December 2005
    signed, initialed, titled, dated in ink, 'Penn/Condé Nast' copyright credit, reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush mount); from an edition of 5
    18¾ x 21 7/8in. (47.7 x 55.8cm.)


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    Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York


    Pre-Lot Text

    The lipstick on the dead cigarette butt, the beetles, flies, stains, mice, raveled carpets and moldering walls that recur with such frequency in Penn's work might be explained as a quiet dissent from the general model of perfect elegance that prevailed at Vogue during Penn's early years there.
    JOHN SZARKOWSKI