Old fashion photos of Uma Thurman’s mom are to be sold at one of the world’s most elite auctions.
On September 3, photos taken by notable fashion photographer Norman Parkinson of former model Nena von Schlebrugge will be auctioned off at Christie’s South Kensington ‘The London Sale’ Auction. They will be offered for £3,000 to £4,000 ($4,700 to $6,270).
The photos were originally taken for a 1958 issue of Vogue, where Schlebrugge modeled one of Christian Dior’s first lines for Yves Saint Laurent.
What makes these photos so valuable is not only Schlebrugge’s stunning beauty but also Parkinson’s esteemed photographic talent.
He is known for his revolutionary work in the fashion industry, where he transitioned models from the ordinary studio space to the dynamic outdoors. He used the streets of New York and the landmarks in London as a backdrop, making him one of the most sought-after photographers in the 40′s and 50′s.
In fact, it’s thanks to Parkinson that Schlebrugge’s modeling career got started in the first place. Schlebrugge was born in Mexico to a German military family. One day when she was 14, Parkinson spotted her on a tour in Stockholm. Two years later, she moved to London and began her modeling career. In an instant her career took off, catching the eye of fashion mogul Eileen Ford. Ford signed Schlebrugge to her modeling agency, allowing the young model to work with some of the fashion world’s top designers.
Pictures of Schlebrugge will be just one of the highlights of the now deceased photographer’s collection. Photos of Parkinson’s wife Wenda and photos by Terry O’Neill will also be sold.