Affordable Photography at Bloomsbury Auction in London

London – The latest Photo Opportunities auction at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday 4th June coincides with the re-launch of Photo London and features big names of fashion photography including Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson.

Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928), Wyoming, 1954 Prices range from £100, in the no reserve section, to £15,000 for Marilyn Minter’s Wet Kiss, 2014. Appealing to a wide range of photography lovers from veteran collectors to first time buyers looking for bold and beautiful works, the London sale pleases all tastes and pockets.

Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928), Wyoming, 1954Auction Highlights

Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928)
Wyoming, 1954

“I was travelling across the country from New York to Los Angeles and taking a lot of pictures, while driving, out of the windshield….today it’s an image of a bygone era, but at the time seemed ordinary”
Elliot Erwitt

Est. £2,000-3,000

Irving Penn (1917-2009)
Woman in Balenciaga Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950

American photographer Penn was most widely known for his fashion photography and portraits. This image is of his wife Lisa Fonssagrives, who is widely recognised as the first supermodel.

Est. £10,000-15,000

Marilyn Minter (b. 1948)
Wet Kiss, 2014

Minter is known for her large, often sexually provocative images. Despite their scale and vibrant colours, her images are never manipulated digitally and are made in the darkroom.

Est. £13,000-15,000

Garry Winogrand (1928-1984)
Untitled (from the portfolio Women Are Beautiful), 1960s.

Famed for his ‘snapshot’ style photography, Winogrand’s 1975 publication Women Are Beautiful features 85 spontaneous images of everyday life, capturing the beauty and his appreciation of the female form.

Est. £1,200-1,500

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990)
Dog Friday, Praslin Island, Seychelles for British Vogue, 1971.

“Parks taught me such a lot…he and I were on a shoot in the Seychelles in 1971 with the model Apollonia van Ravenstein, standing on miles and miles of virgin white sand. Suddenly a dog appeared out of nowhere. Apollonia stretched out her arms to call it, and at that moment, the picture sprang to life.”
Grace Coddington

Est. £1,500-2,000

Horst P. Horst (1906-1999)
Round the Clock I, NY, 1987

Dubbed the King of Fashion photography,
Horst P. Horst was one of the leading fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century; “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion” The New York Times, April 19, 1996.

Est. £5,000-7,000

André Kertész (1894-1985)
Eva and Ilka Révai, Paris, 1927

On account of his unorthodox angels and style Hungarian photographer Kertész is widely recognised as a pioneering figure of photojournalism, celebrated for his contributions to photographic compositions.

Est. £4,000-6,000

William Klein (b.1928)
New York. Life Is Good For You and Good In New York, 1956 (and 3 others)

The lot also includes Klein’s three other seminal city books: Rome: The City and Its People, 1959; Tokyo, 1964 (signed) and Moscow, 1964.

Est. £3,000-5,000

Bloomsbury House
24 Maddox Street

More information: