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Sotheby's to Present Photographs from Haircolor Legend Leland Hirsch's Collection

Sotheby’s Presents A BEAUTIFUL LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LELAND HIRSCH Featuring 50+ Works Spanning More Than 80 Years of Photography

NEW YORK, 14 March 2018 – Sotheby’s is pleased to present A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch in a dedicated auction on 10 April 2018, highlighting Sotheby’s spring sales of Photographs in New York. Assembled with passion over the course of nearly two decades by the ‘godfather of haircolor,’ this photographs collection contains some of the most recognizable images of the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Man Ray and Diane Arbus, among others. The collection will be on public view in our York Avenue galleries beginning 4 April, alongside our seasonal presale exhibition of Photographs.

A pioneer in the creative and scientific development of beauty products, an authority on hair color, visionary thought-leader and industry innovator, Leland Hirsch has defined both his career and art collection by the search for “what should be that is not.” The exceptional collection he created reflects a unique and sophisticated vision that is sensitive to life’s beautiful contradictions, from Man Ray’s Surrealist Bras (Arm) (estimate $80/120,000) to Richard Avedon’s iconic Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955 (estimate $300/500,000) and Diane Arbus’s disquieting Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C (estimate $70/100,000).

His affinity for glossy, editorial images such as Irving Penn’s Issey Miyake Design with Black Fan (estimate $15/25,000), Herb Ritts’ iconic Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood (estimate $50/70,000) and Steven Meisel’s Madonna Hitching (estimate $5/7,000) was developed after decades working with amazing photographers, models and beauty editors from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s such as Shirley Lord and Dorothy Schefer (Vogue), Felicia Milewicz (Mademoiselle and Glamour) and many others. As the beauty editors' "go-to" person for professional haircolor, Leland provided commentary and visual concepts for what was new. He has an innate ability to interpret new ideas for editorials, and photography, connecting the idea to the consumer.

Leland Hirsch commented: “When looking at photography as a collector, there is a personal connection between you as the collector, and the photograph. I am drawn to vibrant, exciting images that tell a special story.”






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    Highlighting Sotheby’s New York Spring Sales of Photographs

    AUCTION 10 APRIL

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  • Irving Penn ‘Man Lighting Girl’s Cigarette (New York)’ selenium-toned, signed, initialed, titled, dated, and annotated in pencil and stamped on the reverse, framed, a Norton Museum of Art exhibition label on the reverse, 1949, printed in 1983, one from an edition of no more than 8 gelatin silver prints 19 1/8  by 20 1/4  in. (48.6 by 51.4 cm.) Estimate $70/100,000
    Irving Penn ‘Man Lighting Girl’s Cigarette (New York)’ selenium-toned, signed, initialed, titled, dated, and annotated in pencil and stamped on the reverse, framed, a Norton Museum of Art exhibition label on the reverse, 1949, printed in 1983, one from an edition of no more than 8 gelatin silver prints 19 1/8 by 20 1/4 in. (48.6 by 51.4 cm.) Estimate $70/100,000
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  • Herb Ritts 'Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood' mounted, signed, titled, dated, and editioned '11/25' in pencil and stamped on the reverse, overmatted, framed, 1989 18 1/2  by 20 in. (47 by 50.8 cm.) Estimate $50/70,000
    Herb Ritts 'Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood' mounted, signed, titled, dated, and editioned '11/25' in pencil and stamped on the reverse, overmatted, framed, 1989 18 1/2 by 20 in. (47 by 50.8 cm.) Estimate $50/70,000
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  • Richard Avedon Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California oversized, signed and editioned '66/200' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1981, printed in 1982 32 1/4  by 48 3/4  in. (81.9 by 123.8 cm.) Estimate $60/90,000
    Richard Avedon Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California oversized, signed and editioned '66/200' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1981, printed in 1982 32 1/4 by 48 3/4 in. (81.9 by 123.8 cm.) Estimate $60/90,000
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  • Diane Arbus 'Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N. Y. C.' signed, titled, dated, and editioned '72/75' by Doon Arbus, the photographer's daughter, in ink and with the 'A Diane Arbus Photograph' and reproduction rights stamp on the reverse, framed, exhibition labels on the reverse, 1962, printed posthumously by Neil Selkirk 14 3/4  by 15 in. (27.5 by 38 cm.) Estimate $70/100,000
    Diane Arbus 'Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N. Y. C.' signed, titled, dated, and editioned '72/75' by Doon Arbus, the photographer's daughter, in ink and with the 'A Diane Arbus Photograph' and reproduction rights stamp on the reverse, framed, exhibition labels on the reverse, 1962, printed posthumously by Neil Selkirk 14 3/4 by 15 in. (27.5 by 38 cm.) Estimate $70/100,000
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  • Man Ray 'Bras' (Arm) titled and inscribed 'To Ummann' [?] in pencil, annotated 'Top' in red pencil, and with the photographer's '31bis, Rue Campagne Première, Paris-14e' (Manford M5) and reproduction limitation (Manford M14) stamps on the reverse, framed, circa 1933 11 3/4  by 9 in. (29.8 by 22.8 cm.) Estimate $80/120,000
    Man Ray 'Bras' (Arm) titled and inscribed 'To Ummann' [?] in pencil, annotated 'Top' in red pencil, and with the photographer's '31bis, Rue Campagne Première, Paris-14e' (Manford M5) and reproduction limitation (Manford M14) stamps on the reverse, framed, circa 1933 11 3/4 by 9 in. (29.8 by 22.8 cm.) Estimate $80/120,000
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  • Peter Beard 'Hog Ranch Front Lawn, Night Feeder (2:00 am) with Maureen Gallagher & Mbuno, Feb. 1987' a unique object, mural-sized, signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Peter Beard, Hog Ranch, Box 47616, Nairobi, Kenya,' and inscribed with a passage from Joseph Conrad by the photographer in black, white, and red inks on the image, and with drawings of insects and animals, blood, and collage elements: a box of matches; a leaf; a photo strip of 3 images of a baby mountain gorilla; half-tone reproducti
    Peter Beard 'Hog Ranch Front Lawn, Night Feeder (2:00 am) with Maureen Gallagher & Mbuno, Feb. 1987' a unique object, mural-sized, signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Peter Beard, Hog Ranch, Box 47616, Nairobi, Kenya,' and inscribed with a passage from Joseph Conrad by the photographer in black, white, and red inks on the image, and with drawings of insects and animals, blood, and collage elements: a box of matches; a leaf; a photo strip of 3 images of a baby mountain gorilla; half-tone reproducti
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  • Richard Avedon Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California oversized, signed and editioned '66/200' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1981, printed in 1982 32 1/4  by 48 3/4  in. (81.9 by 123.8 cm.) Estimate $60/90,000
    Richard Avedon Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California oversized, signed and editioned '66/200' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1981, printed in 1982 32 1/4 by 48 3/4 in. (81.9 by 123.8 cm.) Estimate $60/90,000
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