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Images of Picasso by Andre Villers for Auction at Bonhams

Famous Faces in Sale Also Include Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy, Nelson Mandella and Mike Tyson

Four images of the celebrated Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), are to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its Photographs Sale on 19 May 2011.

Three of the pictures – Picasso in front of ‘La Chute d’Icare’, Vallauris, 1957; Picasso à Vallauris, October, 1953; and Les Yeux de Picasso, Cannes, 1956 – were taken by French photographer, André Villers, with whom Picasso struck up a great friendship following a chance meeting on a street in Vallauris, France, in 1953, when Villers stopped to take Picasso’s picture. Each photograph has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000. The fourth image was taken by German photographer, Werner Bokelberg. Entitled Picasso at St Tropez, 1965, it is estimated at £1,000 – 1,200.

The sale also features portraits of icons including: Brigitte Bardot by British photographer Terry O’Neill (estimate £2,000 – 3,000); Jean Shrimpton in New York in 1962 by David Bailey (estimate £7,000 – 9,000); Marilyn Monroe in her famous ‘Last Sitting’ by Bert Stern (estimate £1,000 – 1,500),; Nelson Mandela revisiting his cell on Robben Island in 1994 by Jürgen Schadeberg (estimate £1,800 – 2,200); Mike Tyson by Albert Watson (estimate £3,500 – 4,500); The Beatles by Robert Freeman – the instantly recognisable image that became the cover for the band’s 1963 album With The Beatles (estimate £4,000 – 6,000); James Dean by Roy Schatt, from the well known ‘Torn Sweater’ series (estimate £1,000 – 1,500); and Marlene Dietrich by Horst P. Horst (estimate £2,000 – 3,000).

Other highlights include: two photographs by legendary American photographer Irving Penn – a stunning platinum print of his Five Dahomey Girls, Two Standing, 1967 (estimate £15,000 – 20,000) and the powerful Tambul Ialibu Warrior, New Guinea, 1970 (estimate £8,000 – 12,000); Dutch artist Ruud van Empel’s World #31, 2008 (estimate £10,000 – 15,000) and Moon #7, 2008 (estimate £7,000 – 9,000); and an impressive collection of 17 photobooks by American pop artist Edward Ruscha, many first editions, spanning the period 1962 to 2005 (estimate £10,000 – 15,000).

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