Helmut Newton Berlin 1920 - 2004 Los Angeles

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Helmut Newton - Henrietta in my backyard, Ramatuelle
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Helmut Newton - Grand Hôtel de Milan
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Photographs
April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 35.000 - 55.000 USD
Realised: 50.800 USD
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Helmut Newton - Pair in bathing suits
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Photographs
April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 3.810 USD
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Helmut Newton - Sumo.
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Art after 45 | ONLINE ONLY
March 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Helmut Newton - Portrait of David Hockney, Los Angeles, 1988
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 9.450 USD
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Helmut Newton - In a Penthouse, Downtown Los Angeles, 1985
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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Helmut Newton - Hotel Room, Place de la République, Paris, 1976
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 47.880 USD
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Helmut Newton - Brescia Dressed, 2 pm with Plumed Hat and Brescia Nude, 3:30 pm, 1981
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 37.800 USD
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Helmut Newton - Alexandra, masked and dressed by the seaside, Monte-Carlo, 1981; Alexandra, masked and nude by the seaside, Monte-Carlo, 1981
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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Helmut Newton - Fat Hand and Dollars, Monte Carlo
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Photographie
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 12.600 EUR
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Helmut Newton - Cannes Film Festival
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Photographie
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 12.600 EUR
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Helmut Newton - Ernesto Esposito and Frederica della Volpe in my Hotel Room, Montecatini, Italy
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Photographie
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 15.120 EUR
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The artist Helmut Newton

  • Important German photographer whose erotic imagery polarised the mid-20th century.
  • He portrayed personalities such as Margaret Thatcher and Romy Schneider.
  • He founded the Helmut Newton Foundation in 2003 shortly before his death.

Helmut Newton, born 31 October 1920 as Helmut Neustädter in Berlin, died 23 January 2004 in Los Angeles, was a German fashion, nude and portrait photographer best known for his photography marked by subversive eroticism. His career began in 1936 with an apprenticeship with the successful photographer Yva. In 1938, Newton was forced to flee the Nazis due to his Jewish ancestry and thus made his way to Australia, where he opened his first photo studio in 1945 with a main focus on fashion photography. The Australian Vogue was his main client for a while and soon he also aroused the interest of various European Vogue editions.

In the 1950s and 60s, Newton then made a name for himself with depictions of fetishism and sadomasochism, which he produced for renowned fashion magazines such as Vogue or Harper's Bazaar. His imagery was piquant, unconventional and above all polarising for a mid-20th century fashion photographer, quickly establishing himself in the branch. He continued to break taboos and his penchant for nude photography by also accepting commissions for Playboy.

From the end of the 1970s onwards, his focus gradually shifted to nude photography; in 1982 he published his internationally renowned illustrated book Big Nudes, which was to be followed by others. During this period, portraiture also took on a greater role in his work - as one of the hottest photographers of his time, Newton photographed celebrities such as Liz Taylor, Margaret Thatcher and Romy Schneider.

 Shortly before his death, he founded the Helmut Newton Foundation at the end of 2003. It is particularly prominent because of its cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which allows the Helmut Newton Foundation to exhibit in parts of the former Landwehr casinos in Berlin-Charlottenburg - and thus in the same building as the Museum of Photography. Since 2004, his works, those of his wife Alice Springs (civil name: June Newton) and those of other photographers have been on show there in changing exhibitions. Throughout his life, he was repeatedly honoured with various awards - among others, he received the Grand Federal Cross of Merit in 1992 and the B.Z. Berlin Bear in 1994. Newton died in January 2004 at the age of 83. 

Der Künstler Helmut Newton

  • Mode-, Akt- und Porträtfotograf, dessen erotisch geprägte Bildsprache stark polarisierte.
  • Porträtierte Persönlichkeiten wie Margaret Thatcher und Romy Schneider.
  • Gründete 2003 noch kurz vor seinem Tod die Helmut Newton Stiftung.

Helmut Newton, geb. 31.10.1920 als Helmut Neustädter in Berlin, gest. 23.01.2004 in Los Angeles,  war ein deutscher Mode-, Akt- und Porträtfotograf, der vor allem durch seine von subversiver Erotik geprägte Fotografie bekannt wurde. Seine Karriere begann 1936 mit einer Lehre bei der erfolgreichen Fotografin Yva. 1938 musste Newton aufgrund seiner jüdischen Abstammung vor den Nationalsozialisten fliehen und gelangte so nach Australien, wo er 1945 sein erstes Fotostudio mit einem Hauptaugenmerk auf Modefotografie eröffnete. Die australische Vogue war eine Zeit lang sein Hauptauftraggeber und bald weckte er auch das Interesse verschiedener europäischer Vogue-Ausgaben.

In den 1950er- und -60er-Jahren machte Newton dann durch Darstellungen von Fetischismus und Sadomasochismus, die er für renommierte Modezeitschriften wie die Vogue oder die Harper’s  Bazaar fertigte, von sich reden. Seine Bildsprache war für einen Modefotografen Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts pikant, unkonventionell und vor allem polarisierend, wodurch er sich schnell einen Namen in der Branche machen konnte. Das Aufbrechen von Tabus und seinen Hang zur Aktfotografie setzte er fort, indem er auch Aufträge für den Playboy entgegennahm.

Ab dem Ende der 1970er-Jahre verlagerte sich sein Fokus schließlich sukzessive auf die Aktfotografie; 1982 veröffentlichte er seinen international bekannten Bildband Big Nudes, auf den noch weitere folgen sollten. In dieser Zeit nahm auch das Anfertigen von Porträts eine größere Rolle in seinem Schaffen ein – als einer der angesagtesten Fotografen seiner Zeit lichtete Newton Größen wie Liz Taylor, Margaret Thatcher und Romy Schneider ab. Noch kurz vor seinem Tod gründete er Ende 2003 die Helmut Newton Stiftung.

Prominent ist diese vor allem angesichts ihrer Kooperation mit der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, die es der Helmut Newton Stiftung erlaubt, in Teilen der ehemaligen Landwehrkasinos in Berlin-Charlottenburg – und somit im selben Gebäude wie das Museum für Fotografie – auszustellen. Seit 2004 sind seine Werke, die seiner Frau Alice Springs (bürgerlich: June Newton) sowie die anderer Fotografen dort in wechselnden Ausstellungen zu sehen. Zeit seines Lebens wurde er immer wieder mit verschiedenen Auszeichnungen geehrt – so erhielt er unter anderem 1992 das Große Bundesverdienstkreuz und 1994 den Berliner Bären der B.Z. Newton starb im Januar 2004 im Alter von 83 Jahren.

Helmut Newton - Spahi Officer, Nice
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Photographie
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 4.000 - 5.000 EUR
Realised: 5.418 EUR
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Helmut Newton - Sumo.
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Photography | ONLINE ONLY
December 2023
VAN HAM
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 EUR
Realised: 5.016 EUR
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Helmut Newton - SUMO BOOK, 1999
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Prints and Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, Brussels
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 EUR
Realised: 3.200 EUR
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Helmut Newton - By-Product of an Advertising Sitting
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Photographs
November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 GBP
Realised: 16.510 GBP
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Helmut Newton - Hollywood Hills
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November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 GBP
Realised: 12.700 GBP
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Helmut Newton - Arielle after haircut, 1998
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Photographs
November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 13.970 GBP
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Helmut Newton - \
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 13.860 EUR
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Helmut Newton - \
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 16.380 EUR
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Helmut Newton - \
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 EUR
Realised: 63.000 EUR
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Helmut Newton - \
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 18.900 EUR
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Helmut Newton - Private Property, Suites I, II & III, (3 portfolios / 45 works), 1975-1983
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 EUR
Realised: 302.400 EUR
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Helmut Newton in News and Exhibitions

Special exhibition at the Museum of Photography, Berlin

Helmut Newton »shot« for money. Whether tights or cars: all luxury brands celebrated his »modus operandi«. What resulted is gathered by the Berlin Museum of Photography in the Helmut Newton Foundation from December 3 in the special exhibition Helmut Newton. Brands.

December 03, 2022
After postponement now on his 101st birthday:

On October 31, 2020, Helmut Newton would have turned 100 years old. To mark the occasion, the Museum of Photography in Berlin planned an exhibition showcasing Newton's controversial but influential fashion photographs and unknown Polaroids. Now the show begins exactly one year later and runs until May 22, 2022.

October 30, 2021

Helmut Newton in News and Exhibitions

Sonderausstellung im Museum für Fotografie, Berlin

Helmut Newton »schoss« für Geld. Ob Strumpfhose oder Auto: Sämtliche Luxusmarken feierten seinen »Modus Operandi«. Was dabei herauskam, versammelt das Berliner Museum für Fotografie in der Helmut Newton Stiftung ab dem 3. Dezember in der Sonderausstellung Helmut Newton. Brands.

December 03, 2022
Nach Verschiebung nun zum 101. Geburtstag:

Am 31. Oktober 2020 wäre Helmut Newton 100 Jahre alt geworden. Zu diesem Anlass plante das Museum für Fotografie in Berlin eine Ausstellung, die Newtons umstrittene, aber einflussreiche Modefotografien und unbekannte Polaroids präsentiert. Nun beginnt die Schau genau ein Jahr später und läuft bis zum 22. Mai 2022.

October 30, 2021

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