When Christie’s London decided to stage its auction of photographs from the collection of Gert Elfering, “A Celebration of Kate Moss,” Moss herself was reportedly nonplussed. Auction goers, a little less so. Christie’s last set of offerings from Elfering brought $4,273,200. Of course it included a 1968 Richard Avedon of a previous Super Lauren Hutton that fetched $127,000.
There was an Irving Penn in the Moss sale with an estimate topping out at $109,970, which she probably makes for a day’s work. So who knows? She is a part of fashion history, although it’s a chapter some are still disturbed by.
And maybe she actually is a work of art. Still what does it mean when a preeminent auction house thinks the subject of a photograph holds marquee value over the photograph itself? Heroin Chic has finally arrived?