The auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés is to put the collection of Mr and Mrs ‘X’ up for sale on 19 March. An exhibition of a vast selection of previously unseen photographs will be held at Drouot on 17 and 18 March.
This exceptional collection consists of almost 1,500 both old and modern photographs, and includes the works of 138 artists, including 95 19th-century and 43 20th-century artists. The collection is so rare that it includes 141 photographs that have never before been put up for public sale.
The couple made their first purchase in 1976, and since then devoted themselves to amassing a vast collection, focusing on looking for avant-garde works. The 19th century is represented by 95 photographers, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Charles Nègre, Auguste Salzmann, Alphonse de Brébisson, Edouard Baldus and Camille Silvy. The 20th century photographers include André Kertesz, Man Ray, Jean Moral, Sherril Schell, Maurice Tabard, Sasha Stone and Hoyningen-Huene.