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A Wonderful Life: Peter Fetterman Collection of 124 photographs offered at Bonhams New York
Florence, Paris,1959 by Édouard Boubat (1923-1999). Estimate: $3,000-4,000. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams Photographs Department celebrates the holiday season with an exceptional single-owner sale of 124 lots from Peter Fetterman’s extraordinary 40-year career. A Wonderful Life: Photographs from the Peter Fetterman Collection will be offered at Bonhams New York on Tuesday, December 17.

Fetterman, a highly respected Santa Monica gallery owner, was one of the pioneer residents at Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica center of arts, when it first opened in 1994. A former film producer, Fetterman owns one of the largest collections of classic photographs in the country.

Fetterman has now teamed up with Bonhams to curate an eclectic, upbeat and intimate mix of these classic photographs, a selection that reflects his own broad collecting passions – street photography, fashion, landscapes, portraiture and still life – some well-known, others unexpected - all rare finds and by the best loved photographers of the 20th century.

Speaking about his own collection, Fetterman said “I have always believed that collecting photography is a form of self-expression, so each of the images you see in this sale reflect how my journey through life has been enriched at different times and in different ways. There is something in this collection for everyone – for every taste and pocket. What better time of year to pass on these visual treasures to a new generation of collectors than during this festive period?”

Highlights of the sale include:

• Lot 8, Elliott Erwitt, New York City, 1956 (estimate: $4,000-6,000) (catalogue cover).

• Lot 43, Irving Penn, Guedras in the Wind, 1971 (estimate: $40,000-60,000).

• Lot 58, Ormond Gigli, Girls in Windows, New York City, 1960 (estimate: $30,000-50,000) (oversized print).

• Lot 60, Chester Higgins Jr., Eyes of Allah, Islam, (estimate $10,000 - 12,000).

• Lot 98, Ansel Adams, Cemetery Point, Timber Cove, 1960 (estimate: $10,000-15,000).

• Lot 99, Steve McCurry, Boat Covered in Snow, Sankei-en Gardens, Tokyo, 2014 (estimate: $5,000-7,000).

• Lot 102, August Sander, Forester’s Child, Westerwald (estimate: $5,000-7,000).

Bonhams Head of Photography, Laura Paterson, said: “Peter Fetterman is a hugely influential figure in the photography market and a passionate collector. We are delighted to have him working with us on this very special sale.”

A Wonderful Life will be on view in our New York Galleries from December 7 until the sale on December 17 at 10am

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