Head of Department, Europe
On the strength of 14 years of experience in the contemporary art market, Elodie Morel-Bazin joined Christie’s Photographs department in 2005. She worked daily with London and New York teams and was directly involved in the discovery of unique Man Ray’s rayographs which fetched remarkable results in 2007 and were the second best price for a work of art by the artist (€300,000).
As a specialist, Elodie was involved in the opening of the Photographs department in Paris in 2010 followed by the sale of the Richard Avedon Foundation’s collection which was the most important sale ever held in France at the time. In 2011, she took part in the success of the sale of the collection of Henri-Cartier Bresson (€2,100,000), achieving a record for the artist with Derrière la Gare Saint-Lazare (€433,000). She also held a sale of photographs by Irving Penn from a private collection (€2,100,000) while in 2012, she took part in the sale of a Japanese collection where Primat de la matière sur la pensée by Man Ray fetched a record for a portrait realised by the artist (€660,000).
While Head of the Sales from May 2014, she oversaw the launch of the successful Icons & Style sales in 2014 and 2015 setting numerous top prices for Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe. More recently she was involved in the discovery of unreavelled daguerreotypes from Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey sold in Paris in November 2015. She was appointed Head of the department in September 2015