On November 26th, Christie’s auction house sold off 108 lots of photography by many famous photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Cecil Beaton, Peter Beard, Lord Snowdon and Irving Penn, amongst others. Full details can be viewed here, but we thought we would publish a quick selection – proof that although photography can be a tough career, rewards are possible!

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IRVING PENN Picasso (B), Cannes, 1957. Platinum-palladium print, printed later. Signed, titled, dated and numbered '20/47' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit and edition stamps (reverse of the aluminium flush-mount). 18 5/8 x 18 5/8in. (47.2 x 47.2cm.)


Price realised: £58,850 ($92,336)

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PETER BEARD (B. 1938). Fayel Tall on Lake Rudolf at Loingalani, El Molo Bay, 1987. Gelatin silver print with blood, ink and grass, printed 2006 signed (recto and verso), titled and dated in ink on Peter Beard Studio label on backing board. 32¼ x 24 5/8in. (80.6 x 59.4cm.)


Price realised: £39,650 ($62,211)

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MARTIN SCHOELLER (B. 1968). Angelina with Blood, 2003. Chromogenic print, printed 2007 signed, titled, dated and numbered 5/7 in ink on printed label on backing board. 39¾ x 32in. (101 x 81cm.)


Price realised: £30,000 ($47,070)

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BILL BRANDT (1904-1983). Nude, London, 1952. Gelatin silver print signed and dated in ink, photographer's credit stamp (verso). 15¾ x 13¾in. (39.8 x 34.7cm.)


Price realised: £23,750 ($37,264)

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