Four images of the celebrated Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), are to be sold at Bonhams
, New Bond Street, as part of its Photographs Sale on 19 May 2011. Three of the pictures - Picasso in front of La Chute dIcare, Vallauris, 1957; Picasso à Vallauris, October, 1953; and Les Yeux de Picasso, Cannes, 1956 - were taken by French photographer, André Villers, with whom Picasso struck up a great friendship following a chance meeting on a street in Vallauris, France, in 1953, when Villers stopped to take Picassos picture. Each photograph has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £1,500 2,000. The fourth image was taken by German photographer, Werner Bokelberg. Entitled Picasso at St Tropez, 1965, it is estimated at £1,000 1,200.
The sale also features portraits of icons including: Brigitte Bardot by British photographer Terry ONeill (estimate £2,000 3,000); Jean Shrimpton in New York in 1962 by David Bailey (estimate £7,000 9,000); Marilyn Monroe in her famous Last Sitting by Bert Stern (estimate £1,000 1,500); Nelson Mandela revisiting his cell on Robben Island in 1994 by Jürgen Schadeberg (estimate £1,800 2,200); Mike Tyson by Albert Watson (estimate £3,500 4,500); The Beatles by Robert Freeman the instantly recognisable image that became the cover for the bands 1963 album With The Beatles (estimate £4,000 6,000); James Dean by Roy Schatt, from the well known Torn Sweater series (estimate £1,000 1,500); and Marlene Dietrich by Horst P. Horst (estimate £2,000 3,000).
Other highlights include: two photographs by legendary American photographer Irving Penn a stunning platinum print of his Five Dahomey Girls, Two Standing, 1967 (estimate £15,000 20,000) and the powerful Tambul Ialibu Warrior, New Guinea, 1970 (estimate £8,000 12,000); Dutch artist Ruud van Empels World #31, 2008 (estimate £10,000 15,000) and Moon #7, 2008 (estimate £7,000 9,000); and an impressive collection of 17 photobooks by American pop artist Edward Ruscha, many first editions, spanning the period 1962 to 2005 (estimate £10,000 15,000).