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Sotheby’s is honoured to announce the sale of nearly 400 works by Dada and Surrealist icon Man Ray on November 15 in Paris. The auction will be the largest and most important sale of works by the ground-breaking artist in nearly 20 years.
The collection, property of the Man Ray Trust, includes works in all media: Photographs, Paintings, Drawings, Objects, Jewellery, Chess and Film. This will be the very last opportunity to acquire works by Man Ray coming from the studio of the artist and the artist’s estate.
At the core of the sale is a group of over 250 vintage photographs ranging from portraiture and fashion photography, including solarisation and gauze effects, to Surrealist compositions and iconic Man Ray photographs such as Magnolia Flower (1926), Starfish (1928), Ostrich Egg (1944) and Mathematical Object (1934).
The Man Ray Trust was formed by Juliet Man Ray (1911-1991), widow of the artist, for her benefit and later for her heirs and their descendants. The Trust’s collection of works by Man Ray comes directly from the Estate of the artist. Upon the demise of Juliet Man Ray, a significant number of works by Man Ray, including the artist’s photographic archives, were donated to the French Government in lieu of taxes (Dation). This important collection is now housed at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.