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Christie's announces auction of works that celebrate the great modern muse Kate Moss
Allen Jones, Kate Moss (bronze glitter) 2013, 108.6 x 108.6cm. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.
LONDON.- Christie’s announced Kate Moss – The Collection – Curated by Gert Elfering, an auction taking place on 25 September that will present a selection of works in various media celebrating the great modern muse Kate Moss. Curated by renowned collector Gert Elfering, the sale will offer the opportunity to acquire works otherwise unavailable to the market, representations – either unique or from very limited editions – of the most celebrated global icon of fashion and style. Photographs predominate, since that is the field in which she has made her career. Many are in exceptionally large sizes; the selection comprises now-famous and historic images as well as less familiar but equally compelling ones. The roster of artists includes Allen Jones, with his work Kate Moss (bronze glitter) 2013, (estimate: £20,000-30,000), Annie Liebovitz, Mary McCartney, Craig McDean, Irving Penn, Mario Sorrenti, Sam Taylor-Wood, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Albert Watson. Their images are complemented by new, specially commissioned painting and sculpture by Allen Jones, a collage by Sir Peter Blake, a tapestry by Chuck Close, and a sculpture of Kate Moss as a naked angel in 18ct gold by Nick Knight.

Gert Elfering, Collector, comments: “I am pleased to be working with Christie‟s once again, on this occasion to celebrate the living icon Kate Moss. She is the subject and inspiration for this collection, but the importance of the present works is in her collaboration with the internationally renowned artists who created them. As I saw the collection taking shape, I was delighted by the variety and the consistent power of the works, and I have already enjoyed seeing the positive reaction in the faces of others when they first see them. Kate is the ultimate modern muse and we will be seeing her images in major museums and private collections for years to come. She has altered perceptions for women across the globe, encouraging them towards greater individuality and expressive freedom. There is so much you can learn from Kate – how you should always remain true to yourself, develop your own style, and emphasise your individuality”.

Philippe Garner, Director of Photographs, Christie’s comments: “Kate Moss – The Collection is a very special event at Christie‟s this fall, a unique presentation of emblematic works that powerfully capture the very essence of contemporary glamour and style. Gert Elfering has applied his great flair as a curator, to the concept of bringing together a group of outstanding works around the theme of the greatest icon of style of the modern age, Kate Moss. Gert recognised the appetite of today's collectors for photographs that confound traditional norms. And so he has worked with the artists involved to create unique or very limited edition printings in a range of scales that, in certain cases, reach dramatic mural proportions. He was also keen to include works in other media, reminding us that photography, while central to our image culture, should, in the hands of its great practitioners, be measured and appreciated among the arts in all media”.

The stunning array of large photographs includes a large pigment print, Kate on couch, nude, 1992 (128.3 x 161.3cm) by Mario Sorrenti (estimate: £30,000-50,000); a hand coated archival pigment print measuring 158.8 x 132.7cm, by Nick Knight entitled Black Kate, 2006 (estimate: £30,000-50,000); and a chromogenic print of 118.1 x 177.8cm, Kate Moss on lounge chair I, Glen Cove, NY, 1995, by Sante D’Orazio (estimate: £20,000-30,000).

The auction is further highlighted by Chris Levine’s hologram She‟s Light (Laser 3), 2013, a lenticular print on lightbox measuring 134.9 x 103.4 x 5.1cm (estimate: £100,000-150,000); Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium print, Kate Moss (hand on thigh), New York, April 25, 1996 (estimate: £50,000-70,0000) and Chuck Close’s staggering Jacquard tapestry Kate, 2007, measuring 261.6 x 182.9cm (estimate: £60,000-80,000).

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