A new record is expected to be broken when this photograph goes to auction this May. Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), which depicted a nude woman’s back overlaid with a violin’s f-holes, is expected to nab anywhere in the range of $5-7 million. If it hits that number, the picture will become the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction.
Current record holder for a photograph is held by Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II (1999) which sold for $4.3 million at Christie’s in 2011.
Le Violon d’Ingres will be auctioned off of the private collection of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs. In 1962, the couple bought the photograph directly from Man Ray. The couple’s daughter, Peggy Jacobs Bader is overseeing the sale, which will be offered in a live single-owner sale dedicated to the Jacobs’ Surrealist art collection at Christie’s in New York.
Image: Le Violon d'Ingres/Man Ray via WikiArt