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    Sale 7722

    Photographs

    1 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    MAN RAY (1890-1976)

    Lee Miller, 1930

    Price Realised  

    MAN RAY (1890-1976)
    Lee Miller, 1930
    gelatin silver print
    signed and dated in pencil on recto; 'MAN RAY, PARIS Ve/8, RUE DU VAL-DE-GRACE/TÉLÉPH. DANTON 92-25' credit stamp [Manford M8] on verso
    14 7/8 x 11¾in. (37.8 x 29.8cm.)


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    American Lee Miller became Man Ray's partner and muse and was to pursue an independent career as a photographer, eventually settling in Britain as the wife of distinguished artist, collector and historian Roland Penrose.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Michael & Elsa Combe-Martin

    The following six prints by Man Ray are the last from a significant group of works gifted over a number of years by Man Ray and his wife Juliet to their close friends Michael and Elsa Combe-Martin. The collection included fine vintage prints of Woman with Glass Tears (now in the collection of Sir Elton John) and Noire et Blanche. Their friendship reflected shared interests in the arts, but also the debt owed by Man Ray to Elsa, for it was through an introduction initiated by her that Man Ray, newly arrived in Hollywood after leaving Paris at the outbreak of war, met his bride-to-be Juliet.