Robert Mapplethorpe. Texts by Patti Smith, Dimitri Levas & Michael Ward Stout.
Christie's. New York. Tuesday, October 31, 1989. Hardback, 4to; black cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. Stapled price list loosely inserted. 228 pages. 587 lots illustrated in colour and b&w. English. 275 x 220mm. 1.1kg. . Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; slight shelf wear to jacket, slight sunning to spine.
The auction catalogue for the sale of the extensive collection of art and objects owned by Mapplethorpe. 'Let him not be considered a collector, however, rather an artist with a passion for the exquisite handiwork of his fellow man.' writes Patti Smith in her foreword. Mapplethorpe bought pieces that appealed to his creative outlook, he frequently used them as objects within his photographs. The sale included much glassware, especially by Venini, furniture, ceramics, Arts & Crafts design, religious art, African art, classical sculpture, and photographs and artworks by his contemporaries. Proceeds from the sale went to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to support AIDS-related medical research and photography projects.