Fine Selection of Photographic Images Announced at Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s 6 October 2010 auction of Photographs presents a fine selection of photographic images dating from the medium’s earliest years to those by some of best photographers of the 20th century and the present day. Overall the sale is expected to fetch between $4.3 and 6.5 million. The catalogue cover image, Edward Steichen’s Wind Fire, Thérèse Duncan, Acropolis (est. $120,000-180,000, above) is one of very few extant prints of this iconic image. This lush and warm-toned palladium print is the earliest-known published print of the image, appearing in Vanity Fair in June 1923, and it conveys an elegant exuberance. Steichen took this photograph while vacationing in Greece with modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and her troupe. The photographer made dramatic images of Duncan striking classical poses amidst the Parthenon, but in Thérèse Duncan, an adopted daughter of Isadora, Steichen found his idea