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Elton and David Furnish talked with Christie’s Head of Photographs Darius Himes about the artists they love, including works in the April 6th auction in New York to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

”A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,” says the musician, anticipating the collection of 25 works being offered at Christie’s soon.

Commemorating his foundation’s 25th year, this special event holds great personal significance for Elton. ”It’s my 70th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of my songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin,” he adds.

Elton says what he likes about photography is that ”you always find something different.” He also believes that it’s essential to champion new artists.

One of the offerings in next month’s auction is Backflip, Paradise Cover. Elton considers it to be ”one of the greatest Herb Ritts photographs of all time.”

The two became friends, and Elton says Herb took his photo many times. ”He was a big character,” he recalls.

His inclusion in the sale is particularly fitting.

”Great artists, including Mapplethorpe and Herb, were lost to AIDS,” the performer observes. ”They died so young, and their loss was so tragic. Herb’s work means he’s still supporting our work even though he’s not with us.”

David, who is the EJAF’s Chairman, comments: ”You can’t work in photography and not be touched by someone who was affected by HIV/AIDS.”

”I’m very excited about the pieces,” Elton concludes. ”It’s an amazing array of photographers and great work. There’s not one bad photograph in there at all — [they’re] things that if I didn’t already have, I’d buy.”