Back in 1940, MoMA became the only museum in the U.S. to create a department entirely focussed on photography. Since then, the department has collected over 300,000 modern photos, including numerous early prints of some highly-renowned photographers. The museum is now intending to put over 400 photos, from this fabled collection, up for grabs — that is if you’ve got a lot of spare change.
The “deaccession” photos, which include: one-of-a-kind “Rayographs” by Man Ray, a print entitled “Clearing Winter Storm” by Ansel Adams, and a special print of Henri Cartier Bresson’s timeless 1932 photo, “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare,” will be sold between October 2017 and April 2018 via a series of auctions run by Christie’s, both in New York and online. The prints are expected to range from $80,000 – $300,000 USD.
The video above provides a deeper look at some of the works that will soon be available to the public. You can also view a listing of the photos that are up for sale on this Christie’s page.