Patroness of the Arts
Stephanie Seymour, Model, New York City
Christie’s New York
Dec. 16, 2008
While purses are squeezed and wallets thinned in every category other than life’s essentials, it’s comforting to know that good old reliable sex or what I always believed James Joyce was describing when he mentioned “the soft sweet swoon of sin,” is still considered to be among the highest of life’s necessities. Reports indicate prostitution is up with erotica running a close second, particularly if you take into account the recent sale of the Constantiner Collection of photographs held at Christie’s New York.
Assembled by New York art patrons Leon and Michaela Constantiner, the collection focused on glamour, including photographs of high fashion models, often in states of undress, as well as a large selection of images of Marilyn Monroe and an assortment of erotic fashion shots by Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Irving Penn and Herb Ritts.
The sale of more than 300 lots was expected to achieve $7.5 million-$11 million. It sold for $7.7 million, at the low end of the estimate but a smashing success nevertheless, considering the jittery state of the art market. The total is the highest ever for a single-owner sale of photos at Christie’s. artnet
In an effort to enlighten readers on what, historically, was considered sexually arousing when it came to portraying the female anatomy in various stages of undress, this pose of Fernande photographed sometime between 1910–1917 by Jean Agélou provides a fairly good contrast. Or not. Thoughts?