b. 1920
- d. 1920
  • Germany
Turnover 2023
$USD 2.968.019
Record Sale
$USD 2.340.000

Helmut Newton’s early life was marked by the rise of the Nazi regime, which led his family to flee to Singapore and later settle in Australia in 1940. It was in Australia that he adopted the name Newton and began his journey into photography. In the 1950s, he moved to Paris, where he quickly gained recognition for his distinctive and provocative style that challenged traditional notions of beauty, gender, and power. Newton’s photography was characterized by its strong emphasis on sexuality, eroticism, and an unapologetic exploration of the human form. He often portrayed his subjects, primarily women, in bold and confrontational poses, juxtaposing high fashion with unconventional settings.

Newton’s work frequently blurred the lines between art and commercial photography, resulting in a portfolio that was both celebrated and controversial. His iconic black-and-white images captured the essence of his subjects’ personalities while also subverting societal norms. Throughout his career, Newton’s photographs graced the pages of leading fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. He collaborated with renowned designers, models, and celebrities, creating a visual language that resonated with a global audience. His unique ability to infuse narrative and intrigue into his images revolutionized the fashion photography genre, garnering him accolades and exhibitions worldwide.


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Helmut NEWTON (1920-2004)
“”Big Nide III (Variatio), Paris”” (1980)

Lot # 25/B
Vintage gelatin silver print/board. Printed in the 1990’s (only hitherto recorded print of this image)
237.1 x 106.4 cm
Hammer price: $ 1,900,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 2,340,000
Estimate: $ 800,000 – $ 1,200,000
21st Century Art Evening Sale
10 may 2022
New York NY, United States.

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