Annie Leibovitz - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Annie Leibovitz, New York
    Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis

  • Literature

    Harper Collins, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990, pp. 124-125
    Phaidon, Annie Leibovitz at Work, p. 53
    Rolling Stone, 13 December 1979, cover, variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bette Midler rose to fame in the 1970s after regularly performing at the Manhattan Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse at the Ansonia Hotel in New York City. Known for her bawdy performances in which she often assumed a persona named The Divine Miss M, she became an icon of the gay community. In 1979, Midler debuted on the big screen with a starring role as a Janis Joplin-like rock star in The Rose. The movie found critical acclaim and the title song, sung by Midler, earned her a second Grammy award. This image by Annie Leibovitz is from Midler’s cover shoot for Rolling Stone magazine (December 13, 1979), publicizing the release of the movie.



Bette Midler, New York City

Pigment print from The Master Set.
36 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. (92.7 x 92.7 cm)
Overall 46 1/8 x 46 1/8 in. (117.2 x 117.2 cm)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 3/10 on an artist's label affixed to the frame backing.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 6 April 2022