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26 August

Christie’s To Auction Off Pieces From The MoMa’s Photography Department And Items From Audrey Hepburn’s Estate

This fall, Christie’s will auction off pieces from the MoMa’s Department Of Photography live and at their New York gallery. Pieces that will be on the auction block on October 10th include works by artists such as Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Note that many of these works are copies of exhibition pieces held by the museum and were used for press and public relations purposes. “Over the decades various duplicates amassed. Often it’s the case for the museum that any duplicate material is considered in relation to the overall depth [of a photographer’s body of work] the museum may have,” noted Christie’s International Head of Photographs Darius Himes. The price range is considered to be “entry level”, with items going for as low as a few thousand dollars for lesser known Man Ray pieces. All the proceeds from the event will directly benefit the fund supporting future photo acquisitions. Over in London, Christie’s is set to auction off pieces from the estate of Audrey Hepburn. During the live sale on September 27th and online sales from September 19th-October 3rd,  a broad range of items, including annotated copies of films such as  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be on offer. In addition, buyers will have the opportunity to own signature wardrobe pieces including a Burberry raincoat, a selection of ballet flats and a monogrammed powder compact by Ciardetti Firenze and a blue satin Givenchy cocktail dress worn in a 1966 fashion editorial shoot.