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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Broken Egg, New York, 1959. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

dye-transfer print, printed no later than 1964 - signed and annotated 'New York' in ink (on the mount); signed, dated 'June 29, 1964', inscribed 'This print is a gift to Patricia McCabe', annotated 'New York' in ink and credit reproduction limitation stamps (on the reverse of the mount) - 22 5/8 x 18¾in. (57.9 x 48cm.) - Estimate $7,000 - $9,000. Price Realised $206,500

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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Poppy, Glowing Embers (New York), 1968. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

dye-transfer print, printed 1989 - signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '15546', inscribed 'Merry Christmas with love to Pat, 1989', Vogue credit in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount); one of an edition of 19 - 17 5/8 x 21 7/8in. (45.2 x 56cm.) - Estimate $70,000 - $90,000. Price Realised $182,500

Literature: Penn, Flowers, Harmony Books, 1980, pp. 8-9; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 177; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

Irving Penn explains in his Introduction that his series of colour studies published in 1980 as Flowers were made over seven summers from 1967 to 1973. The majority, including the poppies were shot in New York. The poppies, and notably this glorious specimen, were grown in the fields of a nursery on the North Shore of Long Island.

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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Lavender Glory Poppy (New York), 1968. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

dye-transfer print, printed 1984 - signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '15122' in ink, initialed and inscribed 'For Pat' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); one of an edition of 21 - 23 1/8 x 18¼in. (59.3 x 46.7cm.) - Estimate $50,000 - $70,000 . Price Realised $116,500

"...the reader will probably note my preference for flowers considerably after they have passed the point of perfection, when they have already begun spotting and browning and twisting on their way back to the earth." Irving Penn

Literature: Penn, Flowers, Harmony Books, 1980, p. 21; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 130, variant cropping; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 178, variant cropping; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p., variant cropping.

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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Rose, Colour Wonder (London), 1970. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

dye-transfer print, printed 1990 - signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '16236', inscribed 'For Pat with love [heart symbol]. Christmas 1990' in pencil, Penn/Vogue copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); one of an edition of 35 - 22 x 17 5/8in. (56 x 45.3cm.) - Estimate $25,000 - $35,000. Price Realised $47,500

Literature: Penn, Flowers, Harmony Books, 1980, p.48; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Bread, Salt and Water (New York), 1980. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

dye-transfer print, printed 1986 - signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '15344', inscribed 'Merry Christmas to Pat, 1989' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); one of an edition of 16 - 18 5/8 x 17½in. (47.5 x 45cm.) - Estimate $12,000 - $18,000. Price Realised $35,000

Literature: Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 235; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

Notes: According to the artist's annotation on the verso, the print was made in Hamburg.

Christie's. Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe. 14 April 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com