Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


IRVING PENN (American, 1917-2009)
Three Tulips: Red Shine, Black Parrot, Gudoshnik, New York, 1967
Dye-transfer, 1987
Paper: 22-3/4 x 19-1/4 inches (57.8 x 48.9 cm)
Image: 21-3/4 x 18-1/2 inches (55.2 x 47 cm)
Verso: signed and inscribed in graphite, including signed prints of this photograph not exceeding 17
State: hinged to mount with archival tape, matted, framed, and glazed

From the Collection of a Fortune 500 Company.

Condition Report*:

Pristine condition. Framed to overall dimension of 30-1/2 x 26-1/2 inches with plexi-glass.

Penn, Irving:Unlike other American photographers who choose a specific photographic genre, Irving Penn was the ultimate master of understated, eclectic style photography. His photos, like works of art, cause the viewer to study the depths to which Irving Penn emphasized style in fashions and with his celebrity subjects. He preferred a modernistic approach to his photography, often choosing backdrops of unusual distraction vs. his highlighted subject. Irving Penn was a sought after fashion photographer for the prestigious fashion magazine, "Vogue." However, the early years of his career were limited to commercial photography for a broad range of clients in cosmetics, the food and fragrance industry and top names in jewelry and haute couture. Born in 1917 in Plainfield, a humble central New Jersey town, Irving Penn first studied at the Philadelphia Museum School. His intention was to photograph commercial and industrial subjects. Later, he opted for a freelance career and a position with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was drawn to photographing for the fashion world. At the midpoint of his career, he gravitated to photographing nudes to increase his talent for capturing the vagaries of the human body in its most natural form. His work became recognized as photo art. Before the advent of digital photography, Penn, like many photographers, experimented with various techniques for developing photos. These experiments allowed Penn's photos to take on an entirely new appearance in final form. In addition to his busy photographic career, Penn's photography was exhibited at some of the US's most prestigious museums and galleries. Today, his collections value in the millions.

*Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

Service and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
June, 2010
9th Wednesday
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 9
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 5,732

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your

Consignments wanted

Consign to the 2016 April 30 Photographs Signature Auction - Dallas.

Learn about consigning with us

Plus, it's simply a pleasure dealing with the people there. It's been a comfortable and enjoyable association.
Tom Batiuk,
Medina, OH
View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit:

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 October 14 Illustration Art Signature Auction - New York
2015 October 14 Illustration Art Signature Auction - New York
REALIZED $1,907,464

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved