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Simon de Pury on Helmut Newton

The noted auctioneer, collector, and multi-hyphenate talks about his friendship with Helmut Newton and the works from his own collection on offer in London this May.

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    16 May 2024

    Phillips’ London Photographs Auction Achieves £2.4 Million, With Strong Prices Achieved for Helmut Newton: Provocateur Photographs from the Collection of Simon de Pury

    Several World Auction Records Achieved, Including Those for Seiji Kurata, Sangbin IM and Harry Cory Wright
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    8 May 2024

    Phillips London Photographs Auction to Offer Masterworks by Celebrated Artists, Alongside ULTIMATE and HELMUT NEWTON: PROVOCATEUR

    Sale on 16 May to Include Four Auction Debuts in ULTIMATE

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    2 May 2024

    Phillips Announces HELMUT NEWTON: PROVOCATEUR Photographs from the Collection of Simon de Pury

    50 Iconic Works by Helmut Newton

    Directly from the Auctioneer’s Esteemed Personal Collection to be

    Offered in the London Photographs Auction on 16 May

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Photographs Department

Phillips' Photographs department leads the field by anticipating and engaging with ever-evolving collecting trends. Distinguished by our balanced presentation of classic and contemporary works, we achieve top results across all genres, from current stars to masters who have come to define the medium.

Our high standards for quality and long-standing relationships with collectors are the foundations of our success. These key characteristics enabled us to set more than 100 world auction records for renowned artists spanning the history of the medium from the 19th century to today, including the world auction record for Helmut Newton with Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981, achieving $1,820,000 in April 2019, breaking our previous auction record for the artist.

The Photographs department realizes robust results for our single-owner sale consignors, champions new talent—setting incredible sale-price precedents when introducing Alex Prager, Ruud Van Empel and Awol Erizku to auction—and continually innovates our sales. ULTIMATE, our unique platform in London features exclusive auction highlights and showcases rare-to-market masterworks; past partners for ULTIMATE include Vogue and Calvin Klein.
Our tenured International Photographs department—headquartered in New York and London, with representatives strategically positioned across the globe—cultivates connections with key market figures, from curators and collectors to advisors and dealers. Our ability to produce consistent, substantial returns while setting world auction records reflects our profound commitment to our clients and our ability to bring premier examples of the medium to auction.

If you are interested in receiving a valuation, selling your photographs with Phillips, or would like advice on growing your collection, please contact us at or +1 212 940 1252.

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