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The Oscars weren’t the only big show in Los Angeles last Sunday. Things were also shaking at t he Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit Auction at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, where a photograph by the late Herb Ritts sold for $190,000. That represents a new record for a Ritts photo at auction.
The photograph, “Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989,” is one of Ritts’s best-known images and an icon of the era of the supermodel in the 1980s. The print that was sold measured 40 x 42 inches and was part of an edition of nine. (However, only four prints of the set were made before Ritts died in 2002.) According to a spokesman from the Herb Ritts Foundation, the print was sold to a private bidder from Europe who wished to remain anonymous.
In total, the auction raised $4.3 million for the Elton John Foundation.
—David Schonauer