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Stealing Beauty

  • Jared Paul Stern


British-born photographer Ronny Jaques, who died earlier this year at the age of 98, never achieved the fame of contemporaries like Richard Avedon and Horst P. Horst. The cognoscenti however have long admired the brilliant work he did for the likes of *Harper's Bazaar*, *Town & Country* and *Holiday* (along with Slim Aarons) in the '40s, '50s and '60s. His images, like this one of Robert Mitchum from 1947, resonate with all the glamour and sophistication of those lost days, made more compelling by the fact that Jacques never glossed over his subjects.

Better late than never, Jaques' work has now been collected in an alluring new book, *Stolen Moments*. He worked solo and without set-dressing of any kind, capturing his subjects in unguarded moments - hence the title - with only their raw style on display. Soak it up, son, soak it up.

Auction and Adventure


Tomorrow, Christie’s is auctioning off the private collection of Gert Elferling, a collector who has apparently spent the last few decades compiling erotic shots of some of the most beautiful women in the world. The auction contains lots of familiar faces and it’s already making waves for more than a few of our favorite people.

Notably, our boy Sarkozy is facing some embarrassment from the British press as the auction features a nude shot from Ms. Bruni’s wilder years and coincides with his first Bruni-assisted visit to the UK.

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