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American Playboy LA-medium

Looking up at a man, of whom we can see only the naked arm and hand that's grabbing her jacket. Otherwise implicitly nude, she's surrounded by discraded film packs and we see props in behind her, as one would in a studio or location situation. Helmut Newton is asking us to create our own story using the clues he's given us; the part-smoked cigarette, her eyes fixed on the man in front of her; vulnerable or in charge? Original silver galatin photographs of which we have only one of each size. This is a rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in small numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985. Always unsigned, they were sent out to major publications to stimulate interest in a photographer’s work. Most were destroyed or written over, it is very rare to find them in immaculate condition. This collection of vintage prints were gifted to Newton’s agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985. This fine art print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012. This print has been stored in conservation condition.