Swashbuckling photographer Peter Beard's work isn't getting any cheaper—quite the opposite in fact—but we consider it fairly recession proof as these things go. We recently told you about the re-release of his classic 1965 book on Africa, *The End of the Game*. Then we reported on his shoot in Botswana for the 2009 Pirelli Calendar featuring naked supermodels and an elephant named Cathy.
On Monday, Christie's in New York is auctioning off a number of Beard works, including the one above, pages of his famous diary photographed against a background of beach stones at his Montauk compound. The image in question features, among other elements, another elephant and his portrait of brilliant painter Francis Bacon, and is estimated at $40,000 - $60,000. Of course, you could just buy Beard's Montauk spread outright for $26 million—we're sure he'd throw in at least one photograph.
- Jared Paul Stern