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Irving Penn (1917-2009), Ospedale, 1980. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010.

platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1981 - signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '12/54', 'AR 1466', inscribed 'For Pat McCabe' in pencil, copyright credit and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount) - 19¼ x 11½in. (49.3 x 29.5cm.) - Estimate $15,000 - $25,000 - Price Realized $40,000

Literature: Irving Penn: Recent Still Life, Marlborough Gallery Inc., 1982, cat. no. 22, p. 16; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 229; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

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