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Auction | One Man’s Vicarious Visions of America

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Elizabeth Heyert (1951 >)
Death portraits, from
the series ‘The Travelers’ 6

£2300 > 3800
$3000 > 5000



The Producer’s Pix
Photographs from the
Collection
of Bruce Berman
Bonhams
Los Angeles | California | USA
Exhibition 9 December > 14 December
Sale 14 December 2017



Manuel Alvarez Bravo
(1902 > 2002)
La Operacion Hospital,
Juarez, Mexico

£1500 > 2300
$2000 > 3000



Presumed Innocent, New Jack City, The Client, GoodFellas, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Malcolm X, The Bodyguard, JFK, The Matrix trilogy, Ocean’s Eleven, Mystic River, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Logo Movie are just a few of more than 100 major Hollywood films that Bruce Berman has been passionately involved in producing since 1984. Berman also has another passion: photography.

Steven Soderbergh, who directed some of those movies, was asked to write an introduction to the catalogue for this forthcoming sale of a portion of Berman’s collection of photographs. In it he explains that a great photograph is a story. A great collection also tells a story about its collector.

William Christenberry
(1936 >)
House in Summertime,
Greensboro, Alabama

£1500 > 2300
$2000 > 3000



Andrew Moore
(1957 >)
War of 1812 Mural,
Building 125, Governors
Island, New York

£3000 > 4500
$4000 > 6000



Berman’s advice to someone who wants to start a collection is ‘to go with what strikes them, with whatever hits that button in them.’ His own taste in photography was formed by his early experiences. Having been given a Kodak Brownie camera for his eighth birthday, he immediately began taking pictures. In his teens he graduated to an SLR and while at college – inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On The Road novel – made epic road trips across America, stopping at the roadside to photograph whatever caught his eye.

Christian Patterson
(1972 >)
No Nothing, from
‘RedHeaded Peckerwood’

£600 > 900
$800 > 1200



As his career progressed, he began buying work he liked by photographers such as Diane Arbus and William Eggleston. And when, in 1988, after a decade in the film business, he was earning enough to pay photographers to travel around the country producing their own work on his behalf, he dispatched them to the Midwest, to Minnesota and Wisconsin, or to the South. Revelling in his vicarious wanderings and describing himself as ‘totally addicted’ to collecting, by 2007, Berman, aided by his wife, Nancy, had amassed 2,600 photos. He donated many to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which that year mounted the exhibition, Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection. By focussing on one particular genre, and, via his commissioning and discovery of new talent, having made a direct contribution to the formulation of the genre itself, Bruce Berman had justly earned a place in the history of American photography.

The film mogul currently owns a mere 700 prints. Having accepted that he is now at a different phase in his life, he says that he no longer gets sad when he sells or donates his a photographs.

Dorothea Lange
(1895-1965)
Funeral Cortege,
End of an Era in a
Small Valley Town

£11000 > 19000
$15000 > 25000



Sheron Rupp
(1943 >)
Shawnee; and Utica, Ohio 2
£750 > 1100
$1000 > 1500



Elsewhere in the catalogue, The Getty’s Judith Keller and Anna Lacoste describe Berman’s personal collection as ‘an archive of late twentieth-century American life’. If one presumes that the images being offered in this auction are a representative selection from the work he accumulated, it might be fair to conclude, however, that in avoiding extremes – of poverty, of wealth, of depravity, of political, environmental, racial, and sexual issues – despite the pioneering spirit on which it was founded and pursued, the richness and quality of its content and Berman’s enthusiasm for photography, his story of life in the USA during the period in which these photographs were created is a fascinating, offbeat, but ultimately sentimental and nostalgic journey.

The Producer’s Pix: Photographs from the Collection of Bruce Berman at Bonhams includes 170 lots by, among others, Stephen Shore, whose work is the subject of a major retrospective currently on show at MoMA in New York.

All images courtesy Bonhams


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Art | Savador Dalí’s ‘FruitDalí’ Series

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Impressionist and Modern Art
Bonhams
London, UK
Sale: 18th June, 2013

Fourteen Salvador Dalí originals, exhibited just once since they were commissioned in 1969 by publisher Jean-Paul Schneider, are expected to fetch £40,000-70,000 each at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale in June.

At first glance, the paintings could be mistaken for conventional decorative prints, but for the ‘FruitDalí’ series, Dali appropriates traditional nineteenth century botanical lithographs, painting over them and adding characteristically fantastic embellishments.

Anyone who has ever drawn a pair of spectacles on a face in a newspaper or magazine photograph will recognise the spirit in which Dalí subverts the every day original subject matter, sometimes, as in Erotic grapefruit, imbuing it with an overtly sexual charge, while elsewhere he creates a metamorphorsis of vegetable and human that brings to mind Edward Lear’s (1812-29) more bizarre work, or those of Swiss children’s book illustrator, Ernst Kreidolf (1863-1956).

Salvador Dalí images from top
Prunier hâtif (Hasty Plum), 1969
Gouache over 19th century botanical lithographs

Fruits troués (Pierced Fruit), 1969
Gouache over 19th century botanical lithographs

Pamplemousse érotique (Erotic Grapefruit), 1969
Watercolour, gouache and 19th Century stipple engraving


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Stop Press! | Kate Moss Joins NSPCC Iconic Images

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It was announced this morning that supermodel Kate Moss has donated the above image of herself, photographed by Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø to the sale: Photographs, including the NSPCC Iconic Images, at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London, UK on 17th May, 2012. Funds raised from the 10 prints on offer will go to the NSPCC’s Rebuilding Childhoods Appeal, which provides therapy for children and young people who have suffered abuse.

See my blog about the sale below

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Photography | NSPCC Iconic Images Charity Auction

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Photographs including the NSPCC Iconic Images Sale
Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London, UK
17th May, 2012

This week’s blog post is dedicated to leading charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s sale of 10 iconic photographs, donated by photographers and private collectors. The event is being hosted by international auction house, Bonhams, as part of their Photographs sale on 17th May. Funds raised from the 10 prints on offer will go to the NSPCC’s Rebuilding Childhoods Appeal, which provides therapy for children and young people who have suffered abuse.

Lot 74 Above
Nadav Kander (Israeli, born 1961) Florence Welch I, 2011
Archival pigment print, mounted. Signed, titled, dated and numbered ‘2/5’ in ink on a label on reverse of mount. Number 2 in an edition of 5. Framed. Paper 76 x 61.5cm, image 66 x 51.5cm. £1500-2000

Lot 70
Rankin (John Rankin Waddell) (British, born 1966) Untitled, from ‘Snog’, July 2000
C-type print, flush-mounted to board. Signed, dated and numbered ‘1/3’ in ink on the reverse. Number 1 in an edition of 3.122.3 x 122.3cm. £2,000-3,000

Lot 73
David Bailey (British, born 1938) Damien Hirst, 2006
Inkjet print, the reverse signed, dated and annotated in pencil, and with the photographer’s copyright stamp. Framed. Paper 33 x 48.3cm, image 29.4 x 39.2cm. £1,000-1,500

Lot 65
Alistair Morrison (British, born 1956) Oliver Reed, London, 1985
Silver bromide print, signed in ink in the margin and with the photographer’s blindstamp. Titled, dated and numbered ‘24/25’ on the reverse. Number 24 in an edition of 25. Printed later. Framed. Image 42.5 x 40cm. £2,000-3,000

Lot 72
Patrick Demarchelier (French, born 1943) Christy Turlington, New York, 1986
Digital print, mounted on foam board. Signed on a label on reverse of mount. Also on the mount a copyright label bearing print details and catalogue number 1066, and ‘Exposing Elegance’ exhibition stamp dated December 1997 – March 1998. Framed. Paper 94 x 89cm , image 77 x 76.5cm. £5,000-7,000

Lot 69
Martin Schoeller (German/American, born 1968) Valentino, 2005
C-type print, signed on a label on reverse of mount. Number 4 in an edition of 7. Framed. 109.2 x 88.9cm. £4,000-6,000

Lot 68
Barry Lategan (British, born 1935) Twiggy, 1966
Platinum-palladium print, signed, titled and dated in pencil in the margin and with the photographer’s studio blindstamp. Artist’s proof aside from the edition of 35. Printed later. Framed. Paper 83.2 x 64.1cm, image 60.4 x 50.6cm. £4,000-6,000

Lot 67
Terence Donovan (British, 1936-1996) Celia Hammond, c. 1966
Gelatin silver print, the reverse with the photographer’s copyright stamp and estate stamp signed by Diana Donovan in pencil and bearing print details. Number 6 in an edition of 50. Printed later. Framed. Paper 24 x 20cm , image 18 x 18cm. £1,500-2,000

Lot 66
Terry O’Neill (British, born 1938) Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery on the set of Shalako, 1968
Gelatin silver print, signed and numbered ‘3/50’ in ink in the margin. Number 3 in an edition of 50. Printed later.
Framed. Image 30.5 x 45.3cm. £2,000-3,000

Lot 71
Miles Aldridge (British, born 1964) Extravagant, Sophisticated Lady #12, 2011
Lambda print, mounted on aluminium. Signed in ink on studio label on reverse of mount, which also bears print details. Reverse of mount also with Hamiltons Gallery label bearing print details. Number 2 in an edition of 6. Framed. Sight area 151 x 113.5cm. £3,000-5,000

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