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    Sale 2252

    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 36

    RICHARD AVEDON (1923-2004)

    Suzy Parker, Antigua, West Indies, 1962

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    RICHARD AVEDON (1923-2004)
    Suzy Parker, Antigua, West Indies, 1962
    gelatin silver print, flush-mounted on linen, printed 1982
    signed, dated in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps (on the reverse of flush-mount)
    15 5/8 x 15½in. (39.6 x 39cm.)


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    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, October 18, 2007, lot 432.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The only joy I ever got out of modelling was working with Dick Avedon. Suzy Parker


    Literature

    Brodkey (preface), Avedon Photographs 1947-1977, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978, pl. 129.


    Post Lot Text

    Suzy Parker became one of the most successful models of her era, immortalised through the lens of Richard Avedon. Born Cecilia Rena Anne Parker, this lively red-head was the younger sister of another celebrated model, Dorian Leigh (Elizabeth Dorian Leigh Parker). Susie was her father's nickname for the young Cecilia and she stuck with this name in her adult life, changing the spelling to Suzy. She became one of Avedon's favourite models. At once elegant and vivacious, her temperament perfectly matched his dynamic way of working on location in the 1950s and early 1960s. 'I was just lucky. Sheer luck. I was lucky to have been born with cheekbones,' she once declared, with unjustified modesty. (Gross, Model The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, William Morrow and Co., 1995, p. 122)