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Photography with an animal instinct at Bonhams New York
Peter Beard (born 1938) Orphaned Cheetah Cubs in Mweiga nr. Nyeri, Kenya, 1968. Gelatin silver print, printed later, with ink and watercolor, signed, titled and dated in ink on the image. 15 x 22in. Est $30,000-50,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams New York is pleased to announce its Fine Photographs auction on April 29, featuring more than 100 works from photographic masters Ansel Adams, Jan Dibbets, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and many more.

Highlighting the sale will be selections of animal photography, such as Eadweard Muybridge's "Selected plates, from Animal Locomotion," 1871-1885, comprising 236 collotype plates from "Animal Locomotion, An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movement," 1887 (est. $40,000-60,000). The full work included 781 plates that described, in sequential frames, diverse characteristics and activities undertaken by human beings and animals. This particular grouping is the most significant to be offered in recent auction history.

Other notable animal/wildlife photography will include a Peter Beard gelatin silver print of "Orphaned Cheetah Cubs in Mweiga nr. Nyeri, Kenya," 1968 (est. $30,000-50,000); and a Gambier Bolton 1890 mural-sized carbon print of "Majesty," a male lion in the London Zoo (est. $12,000-16,000). The latter, an extraordinary close up view of Majesty, is by far the most impressive and popular of all Bolton's animal portraits, and was exhibited in the British Section of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1895.

Highlights will continue with Ansel Adams’ gelatin silver prints of "The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming," 1942 (est. $30,000-50,000); "Moonrise, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley," 1960 (est. $20,000-30,000); and "Moon and Clouds, Northern California," 1959 (est. $20,000-30,000).

There will be various Hiroshi Sugimoto gelatin silver prints on offer, such as "Beacon, New York," 1979 (est. $20,000-30,000); "Hi-Way 39 Drive-In, Orange," 1993 (est. $15,000-20,000); "Winnetika Drive-In, Paramount," 1993 (est. $15,000-20,000); "Norma Shearer (as Marie Antoinette)," 1994 (est. $10,000-20,000); and "Elizabeth Taylor," 1994 (est. $8,000-12,000).

Also featured will be a Cindy Sherman chromogenic print "Untitled (As Marilyn Monroe)," 1982 (est. $12,000-15,000).

Of special note, the sale will offer Margaret Bourke-White warm-toned gelatin silver prints of "At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky," 1937, made for "Life” magazine in February of that year - and probably the most famous work of Bourke-White's career (est. $10,000-15,000) and "Fort Peck Dam, Montana," 1936, which graced the front cover of "Life” magazine on November 23, 1936 (est. $7,000-9,000).

Rounding out the sale, there will be a Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver print of "Rue Mouffetard, Paris," 1954 (est. $15,000-25,000) and an Edward Burtynsky oversized chromogenic print of "Bao Steel #7, Shanghai, China," 2005 (est. $10,000-15,000).

Bonhams Fine Photographs sale will take place on April 29 in New York. The auction will preview April 19-21.



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