The Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe. Robert Mapplethorpe, Christie's.
The Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe
The Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe
The Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe

The Collection of Robert Mapplethorpe. Sold for the Benefit of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

New York: Christie, Manson & Woods International, Inc. 1989. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, silver spine lettered in black.

Auction catalog for the sale of photographer Mapplethorpe's private collection, held on October 31st, 1989. The 587 lots, which amount to a tour de force of aesthetic sensibility, encompass prints, photographs, European glass, American and European furniture, pottery and porcelain, carpets, tribal and ancient art, jewelry and metalware, and original work by friends and fellow artists such as Warhol, Haring, Joel-Peter Witkin, Lynn Davis, Betsey Johnson, and Patti Smith: "each piece, whether found, arranged in a drawer, in the light and shadow of a photograph or prominently displayed, was regarded by Robert with the same discerning eye and the same debonair tenderness" (from opening statement by Patti Smith). The sale, which brought $2.27 million, benefitted Mapplethorpe's foundation, created the year before with a mandate to protect his work and promote the recognition of photography as a high art form, but broadened shortly before his death in March '89 to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV-related infection. Illustrated with hundreds of color and black-and-white photos (including many by Mapplethorpe) and reproductions, and with additional statements by Foundation board members Dimitri Levas and Michael Ward Stout (Mapplethorpe's studio assistant and lawyer respectively). Head of spine banged, minor creasing to upper wrap. Near fine. Item #156


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