On 19 June, Christie’s will offer photographs assembled by New York collector Leon Constantiner that celebrate glamour, elegance and idealised beauty. Our first sale, held at Christie's New York in 2008, presented works from his collection creating a landmark event in the Photography auction market. These sales emphasize the importance of great editorial photographers who capture our ideals of beauty so memorably in the inspirational post-war decades of fashion and style magazines.
The works now on sale – the treasures that Constantiner had kept back to enjoy just a little longer – focus again on such emblematic figures as Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts or Peter Lindbergh, whose reputations were made through the printed page, but whose work is today so highly prized by collectors in the form of spectacular prints. The Photographs Department is pleased to present some of the 20th Century’s most celebrated, truly iconic images of glamour and style.