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Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Special Photography Collection To Be Featured During Christie’s April 2017 Photography Sale

25 photographs in recognition of EJAF’s 25th year to be auctioned on April 6, 2017

Press Release – NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that a special collection of 25 photographs donated by renowned photographers, estates, and collectors will be featured as part of Christie’s April 2017 Photography Sale on April 6, 2017. This special sale helps to commemorate the Foundation’s 25th year, and all proceeds from the sale of the 25 photographs will benefit EJAF’s lifesaving work. EJAF is profoundly grateful to Christie’s for working so diligently to help make this sale a great success.

“This year marks the 25th year since we launched the Elton John AIDS Foundation back in 1992,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “From modest beginnings at a friend’s kitchen table in Atlanta, I am so proud that over the last 25 years this Foundation has emerged as a leading force in the AIDS response across the world. This wonderful photography sale will help us continue our efforts to end AIDS once and for all.”

This group of photographs includes works by many of the greatest photographers of the early 20th century to present day, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Misrach, Cindy Sherman, and Vik Muniz, with estimates ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Highlights from the collection include Irving Penn’s 1,000 Year Old Eggs (A), New York, 2003 and Alison Rossiter’s Eastman Kodak Elite, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1980’s, processed 2016. Further details of the sale and catalogue will be available in March.

Over the past 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has worked to end the AIDS epidemic by standing up for the dignity of all people, no matter who they are, who they love, where they’re from, or what they do. Right now, the future of our nation’s effort to end AIDS has taken a sudden and unexpected turn. The health and even the safety of the people EJAF supports have become more uncertain than we would have ever thought possible. People are at risk of losing their health insurance, and with it, their access to the medical care and treatments that keep them healthy and help prevent HIV transmission. We’re already seeing a darker discourse on race, women’s health, immigration, and LGBT rights unfold before our eyes. Over-policing of vulnerable communities, hate crimes, and violence are on the rise. All of these issues contribute to the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS.

“EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing all of the societal ills that contribute to the spread of HIV,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “We are profoundly grateful to all of the wonderful artists, estates, and collectors who donated their amazing work to this photography sale to help support EJAF’s ongoing work. And we cannot begin to express how fabulous the entire team at Christie’s has been in helping us to organize and implement this special project. They have been just unbelievably helpful and enthusiastic.”

Irving Penn, 1,000 Year Old Eggs (A), New York, 2003, Courtesy of The Irving Penn Foundation (C) Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION – At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF almost 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Christie’s – Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2016 that totalled £4 billion / $5.4 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai.


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