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Danziger collection goes to auction in London

LONDON (Fotophile.com) — More than 150 photographs from the collection of James Danziger, former picture editor for The London Sunday Times Magazine and Vanity Fair features editor, will be auctioned at Christie’s on 18 May 2005.

Highlights of the collection, assembled over the past 30 years, include images of modern icons James Dean, Elvis Presley, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Mick Jagger, as well as important images by many of the great photographers of the last century.

Photographs with top estimates include Flip Schulke‘s image of Muhammad Ali training under water, which originally appeared in Life magazine (£1,000-1,500) and a print of what might be the last photograph ever taken of Marilyn Monroe before her death in 1962 (£800-1,200). A Herb Ritts image of Cindy Crawford printed on gold paper is expected to draw between £3,000 and £4,000.

Several celebrity Polaroids by Andy Warhol, capturing a glimpse into pop stardom, will also be offered. A picture featuring Mick Jagger is expected to draw £4,000 to £6,000.

Danziger, who ran U.S. operations for Magnum Photos and founded the eponymous gallery, collected photographs spaning the history of the medium from the 1860s to the end of the 20th century. As such, auction offerings from his collection includes images by Magnum photographers such as W. Eugene SmithElliott ErwittEve ArnoldDennis Stock and Paul Fusco.