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Lewis Morley: “The Story of the Century”. An original English b/w press photograph of the model and showgirl Christine Keeler (1942–2017) posing semi-nude on an Arne Jacobsen chair. Taken in May 1963. Back with an English telegram as well as stamps of Camera Press Ltd., London, Politikens Presse Foto and IFOT. Photo size 25.5×20.5 cm. Unframed.

At a party in the summer of 1961 the young model Christine Keeler met the British secretary of defence, John Profumo (1915–20006), with whom she soon after initiated an affair. He did not know, however, that Keeler concurrently was seeing Jevgenij Ivanov, then Soviet military attaché at the London embassy. When news about this Cold War triangle reached the public the result was an outcry, and something that contributed severely to the downfall of the British government in 1964.

The present photograph added star status to the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen's chair model 3107. In order to avoid any copyright battles a minor change was added to the chair Christine Keeler sat on, namely the carved handle. The chair is today in Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Seller informs

Three edges with minor damages. Back has yellowed slightly due to ageing. Furthermore normal signs of handling.

Please note that Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has not physically examined this item, the estimate is solely based on the seller’s photographic material. Therefore, we cannot provide a description of the condition, and it is not possible to request a report on the item’s condition.

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1,500 DKK

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Price realised

3,200 DKK  

36 bids

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813685 3,200 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 3,000 DKK
813685 3,000 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 2,900 DKK
813685 2,800 DKK
99716 2,700 DKK
813685 (Auto bid) 2,600 DKK
99716 2,600 DKK
813685 2,500 DKK
99716 2,400 DKK
813685 (Auto bid) 2,300 DKK
99716 2,300 DKK
813685 2,200 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 2,100 DKK
813685 2,000 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 1,750 DKK
813685 1,700 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 1,650 DKK
813685 1,600 DKK
99716 1,550 DKK
935975 (Auto bid) 1,500 DKK
99716 1,450 DKK
935975 1,350 DKK
813685 (Auto bid) 1,300 DKK
935975 1,300 DKK
813685 1,250 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 1,200 DKK
828319 1,150 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 1,100 DKK
935975 1,050 DKK
99716 (Auto bid) 1,000 DKK
935975 950 DKK
99716 900 DKK
176597 850 DKK
99716 800 DKK
611277 750 DKK