Dan Berley Photograph Collection for Rago Auction

. October 17, 2008

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J., – Over 200 works from the Estate of Dan Berley will take center stage at Rago’s upcoming auction of 19th and 20th century photographs, on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3 PM.

Dan Berley was a pioneer collector and a publisher of limited edition photography portfolios. Gallery owner Howard Greenberg was a close friend to Berley and took charge of his collection after Berley’s death in January 2006.

“Dan was, above all else, an arbiter of taste,” said Howard Greenberg. “The ‘provenance’ of the Dan Berley Collection will come to be seen as an important one.”

“I dare say you won’t find images this desirable with such attractive presale estimates at any of the other fall sales,” added Meredith Hilferty, who heads Rago’s fine art division.

The 300 lot sale is full of photographs made exceptional by virtue of rarity, provenance, quality of image and size. Here are Man Ray’s rare 1933 portrait Picasso, Paris, signed, dated and titled; Tina Modotti’s An Aztec Baby on its original mount; Edward Steichen’s Miss Fanny Wickes and an historical print of In Memoriam, New York; August Sander’s Pastry Cook in an oversized image; four photographs by Berley’s friend, Ralph Steiner, given to him directly; Alfred Steiglitz’s Portrait of John Marin; Imogen Cunningham’s rare Two Callas; Eugene Atget’s Hotel Lambert, printed in 1900; Julia Margaret Cameron’s Sir John Hershel, printed in 1867; Diane Arbus’ Patriotic Young Man with a Flag, N.Y.C.; largely complete issues of “Camera Work” and portfolios by Brassai, Doisneau, Uelsmann, Erwitt, Haas. Among other photographers: Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Karsh, Kertesz, Lange, Lartigue, Orkin, Eisenstaedt, Model, Morgan, Morath, Halsman, Meyerowitz, Porter, Frank, Capa, Smith, Davidson, Levinstein, Winogrand and Fink.

Exhibition preview begins Saturday, November 8, 2008. Catalogues in print or online at ragoarts.com. Call 609.397.9374 or email info@ragoarts.com.

About Rago Arts and Auction Center

The Rago Arts and Auction Center holds multi-million dollar sales of 20th C. decorative arts and furnishings, fine art, jewelry, tribal and estate property. Rago’s achieved sales of over $30 million in 2007-2008.

Web site: http://www.ragoarts.com/

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