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Francesco Scavullo’s powerful portraits of Bruce, Brooke, Divine, Dali, and more will hit Sotheby's online auction block next month -- without reserve.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
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15 October 2015, 4:25pm

Earlier this year, our hearts leapt at the thought of purchasing a piece of fashion history when one of Kate Moss' earliest shoots hit the online auction block. But we've got a lot more saving up to do, because on November 2, Sotheby's will auction over 80 intimate images of celebrities, drag queens, athletes, and icons from legendary portrait photographer Francesco Scavullo's dynamic archive.

Lot 44. Francesco Scavullo. Divine. Gelatin silver print, the photographer's credit stamp on the reverse, 1978, printed later (Scavullo: 50 Years, p. 200). 12 1/4 by 8 1/2 in. (31.1 by 21.6 cm.). Est. $800/ 1,200 

Titled Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty, the auction spans four decades of Scavullo's studio portraits. Born in New York in 1921, Scavullo spent roughly 30 years shooting Cosmopolitan's cover girls, and this effortless glamour is well represented. The lot includes jaw-dropping shots of Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista, and musical icons Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer rocking only their natural curls.

Lot 4. Francesco Scavullo. Grace Jones. Gelatin silver print, signed and dated in ink on the image, mounted, 1979, 40 1/4 by 30 in. Est. $3/5,000

But what's refreshing about Scavullo and his longtime collaborator and partner Sean Byrnes' curation is that this vision of beauty is much more diverse than bombshells and beauty queens. There's Lou Reed with leopard spotted hair, painted nails, and shaved eyebrows. There's Blitz Kids Mathieu and Zaldy posing only in fishnets. There's a snap of Caitlyn as Olympic champion Bruce. And of course, there's John Waters' drag superstar Divine, who looks as if she's letting out her triumphant Female Troubles' rallying cry: "I'm so fucking beautiful I can't stand it myself!"

Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty opens November 2 at 3 pm EST without reserve on Sotheby's online auction portal and eBay. More information here. 

Lot 46. Francesco Scavullo. Salvador Dali. Gelatin silver print, signed and dated in ink on the image, mounted, 1973, printed later (Scavullo: 1948-1984, p. 111). 34 by 24 3/4 in. (86.4 by 62.9 cm.). Est. $4/6,000 

Lot 38. Francesco Scavullo. Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. 1984 gelatin silver print, mounted, the Sean Byrnes collection stamp on the reverse, 1979. 44 by 44 in Est. $ 4,000/6,000

Lot 25. Francesco Scavullo. Rupaul. Gelatin silver print, the photographer's credit stamp on the reverse, 1990 (Scavullo: 50 Years, p. 209 ). 9 5/8 by 9 7/8 in. (24.4 by 25.1 cm.) Est. $ 800 /1,200

Credits


Text Emily Manning
Lead Image: Lot 18. Francesco Scavullo. Bruce Jenner. Gelatin silver print, title and with the Sean Byrnes collection stamp on the reverse, 1977. 9 5/8 by 9 3/4 in. Est. $ 1,500/2,500 

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