Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009), Picasso, Cannes, France, 1957. Gelatin silver, before 1965; 22-1/4 x 22-1/2 inches (56.4 x 57.2 cm). From an edition of 30. Signed, titled, and dated in ink; REF 8395 and Print made before 1965 in ink; with Conde Nast copyright stamp with 1960 and Courtesy of Vogue in ink; limitation stamp Signed silver prints of this negative not exceeding 30 in ink on the verso of the mount. Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Irving Penn's iconic close-up portrait of Picasso is expected to bring $60,000+ to lead a rare selection of four different Penn portraits offered in Heritage Auctions' March 23 Photographs Signature® Auction. The Penn works are offered amid a cavalcade of work by noted artists, ranging from Ansel Adams' Portfolio V, expected to bring $30,000+, and Richard Avedon's Kennedy Portrait, triple signed and inscribed by both the artist, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy, expected to bring $15,000+. All lots come from private collections and will be presented at Heritage's Beverly Hills location.


Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004), Kennedy Portrait, 1961. Vintage gelatin silver. 11-3/8 x 10 inches (28.9 x 25.4 cm). Signed and dated by the artist in ink in the lower left corner in the image; inscribed and signed in ink by Jacqueline and John Kennedy. Artist's stamp on the verso. Estimate: $15,000 - $30,000.

"This auction is wall to wall stars, both behind and in front of the camera," said Rachel Peart, Consignment Director for the company. "There are many instantly recognizable images by the powerhouses of photography from Man Ray to Cindy Sherman being offered." 

The Penn works highlight his work for Condé Nast's Vogue magazine and include a platinum-palladium of Dahomey Girls, One Reclining, expected to bring $15,000+, an early gelatin silver print of Dusek Brothers, New York, expected to bring $15,000+, and a vintage gelatin silver of Ballet Theater Group New York, expected to bring $8,000+. 


Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009), Dahomey Girls, One Reclining, 1967. Platinum-palladium, 1976; 19-3/4 x 19-3/4 inches (50.2 x 50.2 cm). Signed, titled, dated, numbered Ed. 10/35, with REF: P1850 in pencil; Conde Nast copyright and artist's limitation stamp on the verso. Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000.

A circa 1969 gelatin silver print of Robert Frank's 1955 photograph titled Newburgh, New York aka Fish Kill is expected to bring $25,000+ and a gelatin silver of Helmut Newton's Woman into Man, Yves St. Laurent, for French Vogue, 1979, is expected to bring $20,000+, while an edgy 2000 chromogenic print from photographer David LaChapelle depicting musician Eminem is expected to bring $10,000+. 


Robert Frank (American, b. 1924), Newburgh, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver, circa 1969; 11-3/4 x 7-7/8 inches (29.8 x 20.0 cm). Signed, titled, and dated in ink in the image on the verso Fishkilll, NY 1955 Robert Frank. Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.


Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004), Woman into Man, Yves St. Laurent for French Vogue, Paris, 1979. Gelatin silver, printed later; 14-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches (36.2 x 23.5 cm). Ed. 6/75. Signed and edition in pencil on the verso, Print 1, Suite I, with artist's stamp on the verso. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.


David LaChapelle (American, b. 1964), Eminem: About to Blow, 1999. Chromogenic, 2000; 60 x 50 inches (152.4 x 127 cm). Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

Additional highlights include but are not limited to: 

Sunday on the Banks of the River Marne by Henri Cartier-Bresson, expected to bring $10,000+.

Couple d'Amoureux dans un Petit Café by Brassai, expected to bring $8,000.

A gelatin silver of Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous VJ Day, Times Square, NYC, expected to bring $8,000+.

New York at Night by Berenice Abbott, expected to bring $8,000+.