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Sotheby’s is pleased to present the second annual sale of Contemporary Photographs on the third of October.
 

The New York City auction offers a diverse selection of works by innovative artists including Marina Abramovic, Ana Mendieta, Andreas Gursky, and Chuck Close, among others.
 
Since the late 1960s, when Close abandoned abstract work, photography has been intrinsic to his process.  What began as a photographic experiment and led to a useful artist’s tool culminates here as an impressive mural-sized portrait of Sir Elton.  A print of the image is in the sitter’s collection and served as the cover illustration for his exhibition catalogue Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection. 
 
Elton said of the portrait (Lot #57): ”I wanted it to be as honest as possible.  And it is.  It’s me.”