Artnet Auctions Off Sexy, Rare Helmut Newton Photographs

Artnet, the online auction house, is auctioning off two very rare — and very sexy Helmut Newton photographs. The first is called “Naked” from 1981, and the second, fetishy one is called “Saddle 1″ from 1976.” Interesting to note is that his wife, an accomplished photographer herself, was often present on his photo shoots, working as his stylist. She recruited some of the models on the streets of Paris.

Helmut Newton was ahead of his time, and one of the first fashion photographers to bring sexual charged and often fetishistic imagery into the mainstream.

According to the legendary Newton’s bio in the online catalog: “Renowned for his carefully composed, cinematic images, Helmut Newton was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. He fundamentally changed the nature of fashion photography through his edgy, unabashed approach to sexuality and strong formal intuition. Photographed for Vogue Hommes, Newton created a seamless blend between high fashion and eroticism. The photoshoot took place at the luxurious Saint-Honoré hotel. Newton juxtaposed the elegant silks and décor with the playful nature of the leather saddle and riding boots. The model is perched on the lavish bed and looks suggestively off camera adding to the flirtatiousness of the work.”

For those too young to know of Helmut Newton (1920–2004), he “was born in Berlin, Germany, and had to abandon his home when the Nazi’s rose to power because of his Jewish heritage. The artist settled in Australia in the 1940’s, and later set up a commercial photography studio. From there, Newton built a prolific career shooting models including Cindy Crawford and Charlotte Rampling for well-known magazines including VogueHarper’s BazaarPlayboy, and Elle. Though he continued to work commercially throughout his life, he started to focus on personal projects from the 1970’s onward.”

“In 1999, his book SUMO was released by TASCHEN publishing house, chronicling decades of his most iconic work. The artist died in an automobile accident on January 23, 2004 at the age of 83 in West Hollywood, California. Today, his photographs can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography in New York.”

Check out the gorgeous “Paris” photo here. We will report back with the final prices when the sale is over on October 2nd.

PARIS
Estimate
50,000—70,000 USD
Opening Bid
40,000 USD

 

Check out the rockin’ “Saddle 1” photo here.

SADDLE 1
Estimate
40,000—60,000 USD
Opening Bid
30,000 USD

 

Photos from the Helmut Newton museum and his work from Wikimedia Commons.

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