The 1926 Noire et Blanche, depicting the Surrealist painter and performer Kiki of Montparnasse, was first published in French Vogue. Yesterday it formed part of the first single-owner sale of photographs to be held at Christie's, New York, which fetched a total of pounds 1.2m. Noire et Blanche is best known by its positive version alone - shown above. Matching pairs of vintage prints of the positive and negative images, such as the pair sold yesterday, are considered extremely rare.
Two other record prices - for images by Margaret Bourke-White and Berenice Abbot - were established at the sale from Barry Friedman's photographic collection.
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