Helmut Newton SUMO Book Signed Sells for $5,012 at NateDSanders.com Auctions
Helmut Newton SUMO
The Helmut Newton SUMO book is a global sensation. I remember when the book first came out and you could flip through the pages of it in a bookstore on display on Sunset boulevard. They were obviously hoping to sell more copies of this masterpiece by letting potential customers flip through it, but just think about if they have saved that book and left it in mint condition. It would be worth $5,000 today. Here is the Helmut Newton SUMO book that we sold at my auction at NateDSanders.com:
Helmut Newton SUMO Book Signed & 1st Edition
Helmut Newton SUMO book, first edition, number 5324 of 10,000. Edited by June Newton. Taschen: 1999. Signed boldly by Helmut to limitation page. One of the largest and most expensive photographic volumes ever produced. Mostly black and white, with some surprise color photographs. Celebrities and others in various states of undress and unusual costuming, setting and expression. Taschen Publications says of its masterpiece work: “…the idea of a spectacular compendium of images, a book with the dimensions of a private exhibition, reproduced to exceptional page size and to state-of-the-art origination and printing standards, emerged from an open, exploratory dialogue between photographer and publisher…Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above anything previously attempted, both in terms of conceptual extravagance and technical specifications. Published in an edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, SUMO sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied its value. This worldwide publishing sensation now features in numerous important collections around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Legendary SUMO copy number one, autographed by over 100 of the book’s featured celebrities, also broke the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century…SUMO established new standards for the art monograph genre, and secured a prominent place in photo-book history…” Volume weight, 60lbs., measures 20″ x 28″ and runs 464pp. Accompanied by dustjacket and custom stand designed by Philippe Starck for display. Jacket has tear archivally repaired by tape to lower end and triangular tear under the “U” in “Helmut”, no paper loss. Volume remains tightly bound. Custom metal stand folds shut and stands fixed at 30″ high x 20″ in width. Holds volume open, slanting back at a comfortable angle for browsing. Front bar reads “Helmut Newton”, back bar reads “Starck”. Excellent condition. Sold for $5,012.