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Man Ray’s ‘Le Violon d’Ingres’ becomes the most expensive photo ever sold at auction

Man Ray’s ‘Le Violon d’Ingres’ becomes the most expensive photo ever sold at auction

Published by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

This story was up to date with the remaining sale price and other particulars adhering to the auction.

Gentleman Ray’s famed “Le Violon d’Ingres” manufactured history Saturday when it turned the most high priced photograph at any time to provide at auction.

The black and white impression, taken in 1924 by the American surrealist artist, transforms a woman’s naked body into a violin by overlaying the picture of her back with f-holes.

The original print of the masterpiece, broadly deemed to be Man Ray’s most well-known get the job done, marketed for $12.4 million, smashing sale estimates. Prior to the sale, it was envisioned to fetch concerning $5-7 million, the highest estimate for a single photograph in auction historical past, in accordance to Christie’s, which sold the do the job.

Ray, born Emmanuel Radnitzky, lived from 1890 to 1976. He was a important member of the Dada and Surrealism movements and his “Le Violon d’Ingres” was the prime lot to be presented from the assortment of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, retail executives and art collectors who experienced ties to Surrealist circles.

According to Christie’s, the New York couple obtained the piece from Ray again in 1962. It would be bought alongside other artworks, pictures, jewellery, and posters, from their art collection amassed more than decades.

Jacobs, a previous chairman and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, died in 1993 at the age of 67. His spouse Rosalind Gersten Jacobs, a longtime Macy’s executive, died in 2019 at the age of 94. The couple’s daughter and the executor of their estate, Peggy Jacobs Bader, stated in a assertion prior to the sale that every single piece from the assortment “has a unique and intimate story behind it” and reflects the “joyful spirit of my parents’ marriage.”

Before the auction, Darius Himes, global head of photographs at Christie’s, had known as the photograph “a person of the most legendary will work of the 20th century,” in a assertion. “This beguiling Surrealist picture is the final result of a exceptional and hand-manipulated darkroom system.”

He additional: “The get to and affect of the graphic, at as soon as intimate, mysterious, roguish, and playful, has captured the minds of all for virtually 100 several years. As a photographic work, it is unparalleled in the marketplace.”

Other standout parts made available at the New York auction provided Vija Celmins’ Mars, which went for $1.26 million.

In advance of the sale, the auction file for the most costly photograph experienced been held by Andreas Gursky’s “Rhine II,” which was sold by Christie’s for $4.3 million in 2011.