Magnum Photos' nude prints to auction at Sotheby's

A selection of nude prints from some of the 20th century's most celebrated photographers is coming to auction at Sotheby's in November.

The works come from the collection of Magnum Photos, a Paris-based organisation established in 1947 to preserve photographic archives.

Magnum nude auction
Werner Bischof’s 1941 Nude: (Breast with Grid) is among the photographs up for auction

"I think our four founders - Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David 'Chim' Seymour and George Rodger - would have approved," commented Abbas, president of the Magnum Endowment Fund, which is aiming to raise money for the organisation.

"I can sense their spiritual blessing for this auction at Sotheby's. We wanted this portfolio to be unique, and also to be a nice surprise, so the theme The Nude was a natural choice as Magnum is not known for its nudes."

Sixty-five works will go under the hammer in a single lot at the Paris sale on November 16, including pieces produced over the course of half a century by some of Magnum's leading photographers, such as Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Werner Bischof and Inge Morath.

The portfolio, which offers items ranging from the traditional to the innovative, is expected to make between €100,000-200,000 ($129,500-259,000).

Simone Klein, Sotheby's head of European photography, described it as a "unique portfolio of supreme quality, bringing together magnificent images - some never published".

We will bring you the result of the sale next month.

We are currently offering a range of superb photography collectibles, including this autographed copy of Yousef Karsh's Karsh a Fifty-Year Retrospective.

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