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One of the most famous Classic photographs from Richard Avedon’s slated for $50,000

Andrea Divirgilio / April 20, 2012

After the recent Helmut Newton Collection going on sale, it’s now the turn of noted photographer Richard Avedon to have his most iconic work; ‘Nastassia Kinski and the Serpant’ go under the hammer for $50,000+, as per estimates by Heritage Auction. Photographed in 1981 on gelatin silver tone scheme, this picture has always been known as the finest by Richard Avedon, who is known to have taken well over 2 hours to get this perfect picture in place. There were 200 editions of this particular picture which were available, out of which this one is marked #4, making it one of the first to be printed. Should have plenty of takers, who won’t mind pushing up the winning bid just like the photograph has set temperatures soaring.

Richard Avedon's 'Natassia Kinski and the serpent'

Like most classical photography, the base medium used here is black and white, instead of color. The reason as many would testify, is that the black and white range of photographs are a much more challenging medium to experiment with, and the room for mistakes are rather small. In other words, the skills and technique of a photographer are put to test using these limited shades, especially with reference to lighting and motion. The model, Ms. Nastassia Kinski had to gruel over a period of 2 hours, before having the Burmese python crawl up on her in the perfect position, when Richard Avedon snapped it all up in his camera.

The Heritage Auction is stated to take place on May 1, 2012, and along with this erotic masterpiece by Richard Avedon, there will be some other 60+ works from the Dr. Steven Smith collection which could be interest to classic photography lovers.

Via: Heritage Auctions

Update: Serpent, one of Richard Avedon’s most famous works, brought $74,500 in an auction on May 1. It was expected to fetch $50,000.

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