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New York – On October 3rd, Christie’s will offer Into Africa: Photographs by Peter Beard, an auction devoted specifically to the work of the much-beloved artist. Comprised of 28 works, the sale represents many of Beard’s most celebrated and sought-after images and ephemera, including examples from his first one-man show at the International Center of Photography. Many of the works presented within this sale were originally gifted by the artist, and together they portray the breadth and scope of the artist’s career, ranging from his well-known images of threatened African animals to his fashion photographs and elaborate diary pages.  Estimates within the selection begin at $1,000 and reach up to $300,000.

The sale’s top lot is a stunning large-format Tsavo Tusker on the Athi-Tiva River, 1965 (estimate: $200,000-300,000), which powerfully illustrates the majesty of its elephant subject. Also being featured is Orphaned Cheetah Cubs, Mweiga, Kenya, 1968 (estimate: $150,000-250,000), which features extensive and colorful handwork by Beard's African collaborators, Mathenge and Kivoi.

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