4th Oct, 2022 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 320


Terry O'Neill (1938-2019)

Terry O'Neill (1938-2019)
'Faye Dunaway, the morning after she won the Oscar for Network, Beverley Hills Hotel, LA, 1977'
chromogenic print, signed 'Terry O'Neill' l.r. in silver pen and inscribed A/P l.l., artist's proof aside from the edition of fifty, printed later
image 38 x 38cm
sheet 49.7 x 40.8cm

Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Born in London in 1938, Terry O’Neill’s photography has played a vital role in defining and mythologising the collective image of the Swinging Sixties. While the majority of photographers operating contemporaneously were concerned with subjects such as the Vietnam War and politics, O’Neill sought instead to focus on the zeitgeist of Hollywood, fashion and fame. By 1965, O’Neill was being commissioned by some of the largest publications in the world.

No other photographer has captured the span of fame as well as O’Neill, operating for over six decades and photographing icons from Audrey Hepburn to Amy Winehouse; from Elvis to Mick Jagger; from David Bowie to Nicole Kidman. This is one of the photographer’s most iconic images and depicts American actress Faye Dunaway on the morning after she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1977. Whilst O’Neill’s relationship with the actress began as a professional one, the pair quickly fell in love and married in 1983.

O’Neill's portraits are best characterised by their candidness, along with a strong sense of intimacy between photographer and sitter. These qualities are typified by the portraits on offer in this auction.

O’Neill’s unique style of photography along with the sheer level of dedication to his craft led him to receive a range of accolades, including the title of CBE and the award of the Centenary Medal from Royal Photographic Society. O’Neill passed away in November 2019.

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Contemporary Art and Prints

A selection of Contemporary Art and Prints featured in our 4 October Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

Sold for £4,800

Condition Report

Framed size: 59 x 55.5cm

Viewed out of frame. Small scratch lower left corner and some light handling creases, please see images, otherwise condition is fine.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 4th Oct, 2022



Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:


Sun 2 October, 10am - 1pm 

Mon 3 October, 10am - 5pm 

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