Iconic photograph of Christine Keeler. Auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London. Friday 22 November 2013, 2.00pm.
The iconic photograph of Christine Keeler sitting astride a chair was published at the height of the well publicised Profumo Affair, which led to the eventual downfall of the Macmillan government. The photograph is signed by Keeler and was purchased directly from her by the current owner. It is estimated at £2,000 – 3,000.
Keeler famously pose for Lewis Morley in 1963. These publicity shots, to promote the planned film The Keeler Affair,prompted debate as to whether she was completely nude. In her 2013 biography, Secrets and Lies, she says: “I am always asked if I wore knickers for the shot astride the chair. I certainly did. But it had been a battle to keep them on. Morley had wanted to photograph me without any clothes on but I used the chair to cover my bust and pulled up my white knickers around my waist.”
The photograph, taken on the first floor of the Establishment Club in London’s Soho, where Morley had his studio, has been recreated to promote the play ‘Keeler’, based on the tell-all book by Keeler. The production is currently showing at the Charing Cross Theatre in London. [Lot 123]
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Sunday 17th November 11.00am-4.00pm.
Monday 18th November 9.30am-5.30pm.
Tuesday 19th November 9.30am-5.30pm.
Wednesday 20th November 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Thursday 21st November 9.30am – 8.00pm.
Day of sale from 9.30am.