Box of Pin-Ups | 1965, portfolio of 36 original half-tone prints, presented directly from Bailey to the current owner.

£15,000.00 GBP

The present example of David Bailey's iconic Box of Pin-Ups from 1965 was gifted by Bailey to to present owner. As the owner states himself:

'A brief history of the provenance of my box:

I went to work at Conde Nast Publications in Hanover Square in the 60s at the age of 17.  I was employed as a technician in the processing laboratory which was situated on the sixth floor of Vogue House adjacent to the studios where David Bailey worked - mainly in what was known as Studio 3.

He worked on a Hasselblad camera with the film used being Kodak Tri-X 120 Film which I duly processed in 3 litre developing tanks using D76 developer.

David was easy to work with and most of the people in the Box of Pin Ups came to the
Studio to be photographed. When the Box was created and published he very kindly gave me and several other people working in the Studio a copy.  Thus my reason for having one!'
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This seminal collection of portraits by Bailey, printed in 1965, is the most iconic representation of the Swinging Sixties. The subjects, the most famous faces of the time, range from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Royalty, aristocrats on to film stars, The Kray Twins and many more.

This remains the sole printing; Lord Snowdon’s objection to the inclusion of the notorious Kray twins portrait has been cited as the reason that no second or American edition was produced making it an incredibly rare set.

Description and Condition:

First edition, sole impression. Original card clamshell box (38 x 33 cm), containing 36 loose prints, each a full-page half-tone photographic portrait with biographical details of the sitters on the verso. Edges of original box split and repaired, prints in excellent condition. Rare.

Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1965.