On Tuesday, October 8, New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery is partnering exclusively with Antiquorum Auctioneers, delving deep into the archives of the gallery and offering one of the most complete photography auctions ever presented to the international community, presenting over 300 iconic images.
There will be rare, signed offerings from artists specialising in the documentation of music imagery of blues, jazz and rock n’ roll. In total, 44 photographers are being represented.
Besides subjects like Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and the Doors, there are a couple depicting Elton. These were shot by Barrie Wentzell, in 1970 and 1973.
The first image shows Elton in Soho Square, and Barrie explains: ”Dick James Music asked me if I would take some pictures of a singer/piano player chap they had, so I said okay send him round to my studio. Next day this chap called Elton John turns up at my door, but didn’t exactly look at all like a pop star.”
Three years later, it was a different story. Barrie saw Elton at Sundown Theatre in Edmonton, and says: ”Bryan Forbes, the English filmmaker and neighbour of Elton’s, came along to this gig and filmed the performance, so at least there was good lighting and Elton was in great form. He was performing Crocodile Rock in this picture.”
Bidding will be available in person, on-line, by absentee bid and by phone to collectors and the general public tomorrow. The entire collection will be on preview today at the Antiquorum Gallery at 595 Madison Avenue.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Morrison Hotel Gallery on an auction that will include exceptional photographs by world renowned photographers of music,” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum Auctioneers.
Gallery co-owner Peter Blachley says, of the pairing, “Morrison Hotel Gallery is delighted to be associated with such a prominent and renowned auction house as Antiquorum, for the inaugural auction of an incredible collection of fine art music photography. “