NEW YORK (Fotophile.com) — A 1962 B&W Diane Arbus print sold for $408,000, narrowly surpassing its pre-sale estimate, to top the $5 million fall photography auction at Christie’s on 26 April 2005.
A complete set of Alfred Stieglitz‘s “Camera Work: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine devoted to Photography and to the Activities of the Photo-Secession” and “Erotique voilée” (1933) by Man Ray each sold for $284,800, roughly double their estimates.
The Arbus photograph, “Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962,” depicts a grimacing boy, arms akimbo, playfully taunting the viewer in a tense interplay of innocence and violence.
Arbus, the subject of a major traveling retrospective now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is considered one of the most influential American photographers of the 20th century. She died in 1971.