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Phillips de Pury & Company announces highlights from its Under the Infuence auction

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to announce highlights from the September Under the Influence auction. The sale opens the Fall auction season with a fresh selection of contemporary art. Vik Muniz’s Jackie (Pictures of Diamonds), 2005 estimated at $100,000 to $150,000 portrays Jackie Kennedy Onassis shining with vitality. The photograph is fashioned from more than 3,000 loose, precious diamonds originally supplied by a diamond trade collector and patron of the artist. Muniz’s use of three-dimensional materials challenges the boundaries of dimensionality by flattening the objects into a two-dimensional photographic portrait. The resulting portrait of Jackie radiates with the poise, grace and spirit of its iconic subject. Mark Handforth’s Bearded Snake, 2005 estimated at $100,000 to $150,000 utilizes a bar of steel, which has been