Man Ray’s well-known picture, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres,’ sells at public sale for a record-setting $12.4 million: Digital Pictures Evaluate


American artist Man Ray’s well-known 1924 {photograph}, Le Violon d’Ingres simply offered for $12.4M at a Christie’s New York public sale devoted to surrealist artwork. The sale makes the picture the costliest ever to be offered at public sale.

Per ART Information, the ultimate hammer value adopted 10 minutes of intense outbidding. Earlier than the public sale, the picture was estimated to promote for between $5-7M. The picture is treasured as a result of it is an authentic photographic copy possible made across the identical time because the picture unfavorable.

The earlier public sale file holder was Andreas Gursky’s 1999 panorama picture, Rhein II, whereas offered at Christie’s in 2011 for $4.3M. Of word, an authentic version of Man Ray’s Noire et Blanche (1926) offered at a Christie’s public sale in Paris for $3M in 2017.

Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924

© Man Ray Belief ARS-ADAGP, courtesy of Christie’s

Earlier than the most recent public sale, Christie’s worldwide pictures specialist, Darius Himes, referred to as Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres ‘unprecedented within the market.’ The picture got here up for public sale from the holdings of New York collectors Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, style retailers who have been closely concerned in surrealist artwork circles. That they had bought the {photograph} from Man Ray himself in 1962 and saved it of their assortment since. Gersten Jacobs handed away in 2019 at 94 years previous

To create the long-lasting picture, Man Ray first photographed mannequin and performer, and his then romantic companion, Alice Ernestine Prin, also referred to as Kike de Montparnasse. Man Ray then painted the f-holes onto the photographic print after which rephotographed the print. The picture takes inspiration from French neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ 1808 portray The Valpinçon Bather.


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