Vivienne Westwood at Bonhams auction

Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood’s commission ‘On Liberty Collection 1994-5’ is looking to be sold for £12,000 – 15,000. The photographic commission was captured by Dutch duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. It is the first auction for Bonhams’ new photography department taking place on 20th May at New Bond Street.

Three images by the leading American fashion photographer Lillian Bassman, who is attracting attention following an exhibition at Wapping Project Bankside, and a forthcoming show at Paul Smith, will also be on sale. The photographs include Jean Shrimpton, 1955 (estimate £3,000 – 5,000); Nylon: A Natural Traveller, Margie Cato (estimate £2,000 - 3,000), which was taken for Harper’s Bazaar; and Park Avenue Woman, Mary Jane Russell (estimate £2,000 – 3,000).

Head of the Photography Department at Bonhams, Jocelyn Phillips, comments: “Following on from our collaboration with David Bailey earlier this year, the new department is excited to present its first auction at Bonhams London. We are delighted to be offering a broad range of photographic imagery – from the 19th century to the present day – at a wide and accessible range of prices.”