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Man Ray’s ‘Le Violon d’Ingres’ could become the most expensive photo ever sold

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Man Ray’s famed “Le Violon d’Ingres” is poised to make historical past as the most expensive {photograph} ever sold at public sale.

The black and white picture, taken in 1924 by the American surrealist artist, transforms a girl’s bare physique right into a violin by overlaying the image of her again with f-holes.

The authentic print of the masterpiece, extensively thought of to be Man Ray’s most well-known work, is predicted to fetch between $5-7 million when it goes beneath the hammer at Christie’s in May — the highest estimate for a single {photograph} in public sale historical past, in accordance with the public sale home.

Ray, born Emmanuel Radnitzky, lived from 1890 to 1976. He was a key member of the Dada and Surrealism actions and his “Le Violon d’Ingres” is the prime lot to be supplied from the assortment of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs, retail executives and artwork collectors who had ties to Surrealist circles.

According to the public sale home, the New York couple acquired the piece from Ray again in 1962 and it will likely be sold alongside different artworks, images, jewellery, and posters, from their artwork assortment amassed over a long time.

Jacobs, a former chairman and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, died in 1993 at the age of 67. His spouse Rosalind Gersten Jacobs, a longtime Macy’s govt, died in 2019 at the age of 94. The couple’s daughter and the executor of their property, Peggy Jacobs Bader, mentioned in an announcement that each piece from the assortment “has a unique and intimate story behind it” and displays the “joyful spirit of my parents’ relationship.”

Darius Himes, worldwide head of images at Christie’s, referred to as the photo “one of the most iconic works of the 20th century,” in an announcement. “This beguiling Surrealist image is the result of a unique and hand-manipulated darkroom process.”

He added: “The reach and influence of the image, at once romantic, mysterious, roguish, and playful, has captured the minds of all for nearly 100 years. As a photographic work, it is unprecedented in the marketplace.”

Other standout items being sold embrace Vija Celmins’ Mars, which is estimated to fetch between $1,800,000 and $2,500,000.

The present file for {a photograph} sold at public sale is held by Andreas Gursky’s Rhine II, which was sold by Christie’s for a staggering $4.3 million in 2011.

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