During Paris Photo, the auction house Millon and expert Christophe Goeury presents three remarkable collections of photography.
The Self-Portrait Puzzle: Pierre Bonhomme’s Photograph Collection
November 10th, Hôtel Drouot at 2 PM
Pierre Bonhomme (also known as Pierre Borhan), the former Director of the Mission for Photographic Heritage at the Ministry of Culture (1988-2003), writer, and exhibition curator, has assembled a unique collection featuring some of the most prominent names in modern and contemporary photography.
The collection includes over 50 photographers represented in 200 lots, featuring artists such as Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, John Batho, Hans Bellmer, Pierre Boucher, Marcel Bovis, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, Harry Callahan, William Carter, Gregory Colbert, Denise Colomb, Tom Drain, and many others. The collection also comprises works by artists like Harold Eugene Edgerton, Bernard Faucon, Charles Fréger, Claude Gassian, Mario Giacomelli, Ralph Gibson, Hervé Guibert, Philippe Halsman, Lucien Hervé, Eikō Hosoe, Dominique Issermann, René-Jacques, Michael Kenna, André Kertész, William Klein, François Kollar, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Daidō Moriyama, Nicholas Nixon, Roger Parry, Irving Penn, Carla van de Puttelaar, Humberto Rivas, Jan Saudek, Josef Sudek, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Keiichi Tahara, Arthur Tress, Deborah Turbeville, Edward Weston, and Joel-Peter Witkin.
Félix Nadar: New additions to the Secondary Market
November 14th, Salons du Trocadéro at 3 PM
An exceptional collection of over 100 Félix Nadar prints, including some unpublished works, originating from the family collection of Eugène Vézy, director of the Société Générale de Photographie Félix Tournachon, “Nadar & Cie.” This collection includes:
- 90 albumen prints of the catacombs and sewers of Paris.
- 5 unpublished nudes: It’s worth noting that only 3 nudes photographed by Félix Nadar are known and documented in institutions. Some of these nudes (2) are variants of the prints used by J.L. Gérôme and made by Félix Nadar.
- Various portraits, including a maternity portrait from 1856.
- A portrait of Félix Nadar by his brother Adrien Tournachon and others, all of exceptional quality.
My Friend Brassaï: Signed by Picasso
November 14th, Salons du Trocadéro at 5 PM
The original prints presented in this sale, “My Friend Brassaï: Signed by Picasso,” are considered an exceptional offering for collectors. In October 2006, our auction house presented a remarkable sale at Drouot Montaigne as part of the “Succession Brassaï,” featuring over 750 lots. However, on Tuesday, November 14, this sale is not intended to be a “sequel” to that event, beyond its origin: the “Brassaï succession,” “Gilberte Brassaï succession.” The heirs of Brassaï have chosen to offer a special, exclusive, and arbitrary selection of unique photographs. This selection includes 12 prints, echoing the drawings and autographs signed by Picasso and given to Brassaï throughout their friendship.
Only the excellence of the selected prints was taken into account, including:
- A “unique specimen” print – Nude No. 97, 1934 – the last recorded example of this print, in any format, making it a “unique piece.”
- An “unique exhibition” print – Kazbek, in Picasso’s studio on rue des Grands-Augustins, 1944.
- A “unique format” print – Casting of Picasso’s hand, 1943. The last large-format example on record.
Following the Succession François Lepage sale, the MILLON auction house offers a week full of surprises in the field of 19th and 20th-century photography.
Auction Tuesday 14 November, 5pm – Salons du Trocadéro
Monday 6 to Friday 10 November 11am-6pm
Monday 13 November 11am – 6pm
Expert: Christophe Goeury [email protected]
Head of the Department: Federica Barolo [email protected]
01 87 03 04 70
Salons du Trocadéro, Paris XVIe, France
November 15, 2023 to November 16, 2023