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Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:  US$15,000
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DANNY LYON Conversations with the Dead . New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. Oblong quarto (209 x 280 mm). 75 black and white photographs, 5 color illustrations. Original gray cloth sides and white cloth spine, spine lettered in black; original illustrated dust jacket (ends of spine chipped, a few short tears along edges, one of these repaired); black cloth folding case. Gelatin silver print (209 x 311 mm), mount signed ("Danny Lyon"), dated ("Texas 1968"), and inscribed ("book-original"), matted, framed and glazed. FIRST EDITION. WITH A VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRINT OF 'THE LINE' FROM THE ORIGINAL MAQUETTE OF THE BOOK, identified by Lyon in the mount as a "book-original". 'The Line' is one of the finest images in what is Lyon's "MASTERPIECE"; "Lyon's photographs must be among the most eloquent ever shot in a prison" ( The Photobook ). With: catalogue for the exhibition at the Institute for the Arts, Rice University, 10 September to 22 October 1970, which predates publication of the book. 101 Books , pp.210-11; The Open Book , pp.278-9; The Photobook , vol. II, pp.18-19. (3)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Photobooks From An Important Private Collection
Date of the auction: 10 Apr 2008
Address: Christie's
10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Center