18TH WESTLICHT PHOTO AUCTION
23.11.2018, 5 PM
12.-23.11.2018, 2-6 PM
SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY OF A PHOTO ICON
18TH WESTLICHT PHOTO AUCTION ON 23 NOVEMBER 2018
With Robert Capa’s The Falling Soldier one of the most famous photo icons of the twentieth century comes under the hammer at the WestLicht Photo Auction on 23 November.
Capa took the picture in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. It depicts a republican militiaman in the very moment when he is fatally hit by a bullet. The image is “almost universally acknowledged as one of the greatest war photographs ever made and as a symbol for the fight against fascism”, as Capa authority Richard Whelan observes.
The print comes from the Black Star archive in New York and was made in 1936/37, probably enlarged by Capa himself, shortly after the picture was taken.
“Although the photo has been published in books and magazines millions of times, early prints from the time the picture was taken, so-called vintage prints, are extremely rare”, WestLicht founder Peter Coeln explains. The photo is estimated at 100,000 to 120,000 Euros (starting price 60,000 Euros).
Capa was killed in 1954 during the war in Indochina by a landmine.
For an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Euros Henri Cartier-Bresson’s masterpiece from 1932, showing a man jumping across a puddle Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, in on offer.
Elliott Erwitt’s popular dog with a wool hat, taken in New York City 1974, is expected to fetch 6,000 to 7,000 Euros.
Among the further highlights of the more than 200 auction lots are Marc Riboud’s Le Peintre de la tour Eiffel, Thomas Hoepker’s legendary portrait of Muhammad Ali and Moriz Nähr’s photo of Gustav Klimt at the Internationale Kunstschau in 1909 Vienna.
Also on offer is Nan Goldin’s self-portrait from The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy – which at the same time provides an outlook on the upcoming WestLicht exhibition starting in December with works by Goldin, Lisette Model and Diane Arbus.
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