Nick Knight - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Phillips
  • Exhibited

    Vogue 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 February – 22 May 2016, for another print

  • Literature

    'Get Real', British Vogue, July 1996, p. 99
    R. Muir, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016, p. 232, there captioned, Beauty with a bite: an unmounted black pearl from Mikimoto, balanced by Rebekka Botzem

  • Catalogue Essay

    Focusing on the black pearl balanced between Rebekka Botzem’s teeth and framed by her lips, this captivating photograph by Nick Knight highlights the visual associations between jewellery and female sexuality. The image was part of a subversive editorial Knight shot for British Vogue in 1996, presenting some of the most expensive pearls, diamonds and gems in a new light. In 2000, Nick Knight founded SHOWStudio, a groundbreaking multimedia platform for presenting fashion on the internet and in 2010, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. Knight’s work has been exhibited widely, including the Tate Modern, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and another print of this image is featured in the current exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Black Pearl

Hand-coated pigment print, printed 2016.
Image/Sheet: 205.4 x 150.7 cm (80 7/8 x 59 3/8 in.)
Frame: 210.4 x 155.7 cm (82 7/8 x 61 1/4 in.)

Signed, dated, numbered 1/1 in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £93,750

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London Auction 19 May 2016