Autumn Auctions 2020



Ormond Gigli

New York 1925 – 2019 West Stockbridge, Massachusetts

”Girls in the Windows, New York City”. 1960

C-print on silver paper. 75 × 74,5 cm (81 × 81 cm). (29 ½ × 29 ⅜ in. (31 ⅞ × 31 ⅞ in.)) Laid down on Kapa board, signed, titled and editioned thereupon in black felt-tip pen on the reverse. Signed and editioned in black felt-tip pen on the mat lower right, titled and dated on the lower left. Signed, dated, titled and editioned in black felt-tip pen on the reverse of frame. One of 5 editioned artist proof-prints.  [2027] Framed 

ProvenanceAuction 5.4.2012, Christie's, New York, lot 214 / Private Collection, Bavaria

EUR 12.000 – 18.000
USD 14,100 – 21,200

Sold for:
15,000 EUR (incl. premium)

„Girls in the Windows, New York City“

Auction 323Wednesday, 2 December 2020
06:00 PM

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Literature and IllustrationReflections in a Glass Eye, ed. by The International Center of Photography, New York 1999, pl. 63 (variation in colour) / The heartbeat of fashion. Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, ed. by Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Bielefeld u. Leipzig 2006, p. 179 (variation in colour) / Ormond Gigli: Girls in the Windows and other stories. New York 2013, cover und p. 23 (variation in colour)

Ormond Gigli, a veteran photographer who worked for the likes of TIME, LIFE and Paris Match, created many unforgettable images during his decades-long career. Yet his most famous one, “Girls in the Windows,” shot in 1960 on New York’s East 58th Street, was the result of a spontaneous idea. It still ranks as one of the most best-known fashion photos of all time and captures a slice of long-gone New York – the typical “brownstone” townhouse shown in the photo was torn down the very next day. The image has had a lasting influence well beyond photography and retains its iconic status to this day.

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