Issue #237  12/1/2017
Man Ray's Iconic Noire et Blanche Sells for Record-Breaking €2,688,750, the Most to Date for a Classic Photograph
Noire et Blanche Sells for Record-Breaking €2,688,750
Noire et Blanche Sells for Record-Breaking €2,688,750

A new auction record for a classic photograph was set during the auctions during Paris Photo week.

On November 9 and 10, the Stripped Bare: Photographs from the Collection of Thomas Koerfer and the Photographies auctions at Christie's Paris realized a combined total of €4,894,375--the second-best result achieved by the Paris Photographs department since its inception in 2010.

Adding to the success, Man Ray's iconic Noire et Blanche was sold for €2,688,750, or about $3.12 million. This sale established a new auction record for the photographer's work, another for any photograph sold in France, and a world record for any classic photograph, breaking that of Edward Steichen's Pond-Moonlight set in 2006 by Sotheby's. Several contemporary photographs have sold for more.

There were also strong showings for rare prints in the Photographies sale. Irving Penn’s The Hand of Miles Davis realized €199,500, doubling its pre-sale estimate, while Làszló Moholy-Nagy’s Photogramme, Dessau sold for €125,000.