Cartier-Bresson rare prints going to NYC auction

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Posted: Sep 04, 2012 1:05 PM
Cartier-Bresson rare prints going to NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (kahr-tee-AY' breh-SAHN') captured some of the most epic events of the last century in beautiful black-and-white prints.

The vast majority of the gelatin silver prints were made by one man between 1967 and 1997. He was Voja Mitrovic (VOY'-uh MIH'-troh-vihk), a master printer at Paris' celebrated Picto photo lab.

Over the years, Cartier-Bresson presented Mitrovic with 28 signed and inscribed prints. Some haven't been seen by the public — until now.

Christie's in New York is auctioning the prints, plus four other Cartier-Bresson-signed photos, on Oct. 4-5. The pre-sale estimate is about $400,000.

They are being sold by award-winning photojournalist Peter Turnley. He acquired the prints from Mitrovic in 2004, shortly after Cartier-Bresson's death.

Turnley worked with Mitrovic at Picto from 1978 to 1980.