An intimate collection of photographs by Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray, including candid portraits of art icon Frida Kahlo, are to go on sale in New York.
Some 78 snapshots of socialites, politicians, composers, and writers will be up for grabs, including Muray’s images of Kahlo, his friend and lover.
Muray worked as a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair and even represented the United States as part of the country’s Olympic fencing team before his death in 1965. But it his cache of personal photos — which also include images of Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, and a group of their close friends in Mexico — which have caught collectors’ attention.
The collection will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in New York, giving its owner-to-be what the auction house describes as a “fascinating insight into the cultural landscape of Mexico in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.”