Feb 21, 2019 - Sale 2499

Sale 2499 - Lot 323

Price Realized: $ 13,750
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Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,500
A metal bread box containing approximately 980 American and European risqué and erotic photographs relating to human sexuality.
Includes a range of steamy same sex and heterosexual activity that includes bondage and flagellation, many female frontal nudes depicting femme fatales, and scenes of "menages-a-trois." Apparently the box was believed to have contained the inventory of a clandestine dealer of erotic photographic materials. Silver and silver copy prints on deckled paper, the images measuring 4 1/2x2 1/2 inches (11.4x6.4 cm. ), and the reverse, the sheets slightly larger; most housed in manila envelopes with oval-shaped apertures, and with a numeric hand stamp/inventory number. The bread box measures 9x9x13 1/4 inches (22.7x.22.x7x33.7 cm.), black enamel, chipped with areas of loss, and dents; sliding door. 1905-30s

Additional Details

Originally from the Collection of Richard Merkin, who was the author of Velvet Eden (NY: Bell Publishing, 1985) and a well-known collector of photographic erotica. Merkin was also a prominent illustrator at the New Yorker magazine.