Lot Details

A vintage gelatin silver print by Weegee of Marilyn Monroe riding a pink elephant at Madison Square Garden, New York, circa 1955.

Arthur Felig, known professionally as Weegee (1899 - 1968), so named for the phonetic rendering of the psychic board game Ouija, was New York’s foremost freelance crime and tabloid photographer of the mid 20th Century. Weegee claimed to have psychic powers that allowed him to predict crimes before they happened. Weegee would sleep fully clothed with a police radio switched on at his bedside. His camera, typewriter, and even the equipment of a complete darkroom were stowed in the trunk of his car, allowing him to bring photographs and a finished story to his editors with uncanny speed. His best known photographs are those documenting street life in New York City with a candid and unflinching vision. Weegee participated in several museum exhibitions including a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, and had a celebrated book of photographs, ‘Naked City’, published in 1945. Weegee’s works were featured at a 2006 exhibition ‘Unknown Weegee’ at the International Center of Photography.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Creases
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: Half dozen small indentations and crescents in the image (less than 1")
Upper left, upper right, and lower left corners cracked
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
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