Previous LotNext lot

Weegee (American, 1899–1968)
LOT ID: 79699
Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber), ie. circa 1940

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
14 х 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Stamped, Artist 47th Street stamp in ink on print verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1960
Lot description
Weegee, Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber), c. 1940. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Stamped.

Candid image of a transvestite portrayed in a somewhat embarrassing circumstance. In typical Weegee style, his image catches a moment that most photographers would miss.

As legend tells it, Arthur Fellig earned the nickname Weegee during his early career as a freelance press photographer in New York City. His apparent sixth sense for crime often led him to a scene well ahead of the police. Observers likened this sense, actually derived from tuning his radio to the police frequency, to the Ouija board, the popular fortune-telling game. Spelling it phonetically, Fellig took Weegee as his professional name. With his subjects ranging from wild-eyed adolescent onlookers at a late night gangland slaying to glassy-eyed starlets at Hollywood movie premieres, Weegee could be considered one of the first ambulance chasers. He was as flamboyant as some of his subjects, creating his own mythology, reveling in his own notoriety as well as that of his subjects, and even stamping the backs of his pictures with "Credit Photo by Weegee the Famous." Weegee also worked in Hollywood as a filmmaker, performer, and technical consultant. His 1945 book Naked City was the inspiration for the 1947 film of the same name. The Public Eye (1992), starring Joe Pesci, was based on the man himself. [getty.edu]
Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber) by Weegee
  • Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber) by Weegee
  • Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber) by Weegee
  • Untitled (Portrait of a Transvestite Robber) by Weegee
Alternate Views: 1 of 1
Share |
Add Weegee to My Artist Alert
Receive email alerts as soon as artists you follow are up for sale. Update your artist watch list any time.

Sales Results for Comparable Works

  • Weegee

    A Stitch in Time at Coney Island
    gelatin silver print
    (H 10.6, W 13.5) in.
    (26.8 x 34.2) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,110
    Friday, November 23, 2012
    WestLicht Auction
    Lot 01070
  • Weegee

    Palace Theater
    gelatin silver print
    (H 11, W 14) in.
    (27.9 x 35.6) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,900
    Sunday, November 11, 2012
    Santa Monica Auctions
    Lot 00201
  • Weegee

    Harlem Dance Club
    gelatin silver print
    (H 11, W 14) in.
    (27.9 x 35.6) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,500
    Sunday, November 11, 2012
    Santa Monica Auctions
    Lot 00203
  • Weegee

    Harlem Dance Club
    gelatin silver print
    (H 11, W 14) in.
    (27.9 x 35.6) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,000
    Sunday, November 11, 2012
    Santa Monica Auctions
    Lot 00204
  • Weegee

    After the Opera...at Sammy's Night Club on the Bowery
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13.5, W 10.9) in.
    (34.4 x 27.6) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,640
    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Swann Galleries
    Lot 00081
  • Weegee

    Bowery Singer
    gelatin silver print
    (H 10.4, W 13.5) in.
    (26.4 x 34.3) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,360
    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Swann Galleries
    Lot 00082
  • Weegee

    Easter Sunday, Harlem
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13, W 10.5) in.
    (33.0 x 26.7) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,500
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012
    Heritage Auctions New York
    Lot 74053
  • Weegee

    The critic
    gelatin silver exhibition print, mntd
    (H 10.3, W 13.2) in.
    (26.2 x 33.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$17,500
    Thursday, April 5, 2012
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00178
  • Weegee

    Marylin [sic]
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13.5, W 10.6) in.
    (34.3 x 27) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,500
    Thursday, April 5, 2012
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00328
  • Weegee

    At Sammy's on the Bowery
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13.2, W 10.6) in.
    (33.5 x 27) cm.
    Sold for: US$7,500
    Thursday, April 5, 2012
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00331
  • Weegee

    Easter Sunday, Harlem
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13.6, W 10.6) in.
    (34.5 x 27) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,750
    Thursday, April 5, 2012
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00332
  • Weegee

    Sailors, Coney Island
    gelatin silver print
    (H 10.6, W 13.2) in.
    (27 x 33.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,250
    Monday, December 19, 2011
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00111
  • Weegee

    Police and onlookers with body of Joseph (Little Joe) La Cava, killed during the feast of San Gennaro, 119 Mulberry St., New York
    gelatin silver print
    (H 13.3, W 10.4) in.
    (33.7 x 26.4) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,400
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    Swann Galleries
    Lot 00165
  • Weegee

    A stitch in time at Coney Island
    gelatin silver print
    (H 10.5, W 13.4) in.
    (26.7 x 34) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,400
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    Swann Galleries
    Lot 00167
artnet Auctions—Buy and sell art 24/7 worldwide. ©2014 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. All rights reserved. artnet® is a registered
trademark of Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Call for Assistance: US +1-877-388-3256, EU +49 (0)30 20 91 78 50