Your art collection is coming along pretty well, but you can always use a little more black and white
photography. (And maybe a little more skin.)
Tomorrow, Christie's starts unloading German connoisseur Gert Elfering's eye-popping collection of
photographs of nude supermodels. The 135 pics span 20 years, so we thought to give you a hand finding your
way through it all. Allow us to help focus your auction strategy:
- Janet Jackson's famous hand-assisted Rolling
Stone cover, shot by Patrick Demarchelier in Miami in 1993. It's more pop culture history than art, so
Christie's only pegs it at $6,000-$9,000. Just hope Timberlake doesn't show...
- Irving Penn's silver-hued
portrait of a tousled and nude Gisele, from the good old days ('99) before her career-making role in
Taxi. Christie's is guessing $30,000, but you'll probably have competition...
- Richard Avedon's provocative
still of a breast-baring Lauren Hutton on Great Exuma island in the Bahamas circa 1968. This one has
improved with age, so you'd better steel yourself for a price tag upwards of $50,000. Then again, when
you're done with it, you can always auction it off...
There's also revealing peeks at Kate
, along with less stirring shots of Picasso
and... a bunch of grain elevators.
And if you think the $30K estimate is steep even for a naked Gisele, think of it this way: she's going to
cost Brady a lot more than that in the long run.
Gert Elfering Collection Auction
20 Rockefeller Center
New York, CA