Lot 322

4 Bruce Bellas Nude Male Photos, Negatives, Catalog & Ephemera

Estimate: $500 - $750

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$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Bruce Bellas (American, 1909-1974), aka Bruce of Los Angeles
Marking(s); notes: Marking(s); sleeves numbered 58-1985, 58-1987, 58-2006 (2074-6), 58-2010 (2074-3); divider dated 1958/1959. 
Materials: gelatin silver print on fiber-based paper, gelatin silver print on resin-coated paper, gelatin emulsified plastic (negative), cardstock
Dimensions (H, W, D): photos: 5"h, 4"w; negatives: 5"h, 4"w; divider: 4.5"h, 6"w; catalog: 8.5"h, 5.5"w
Additional Information: Lot is comprised of the following items from the archives of Bruce Bellas (model Phil Knight): four 5"h x 4"w gelatin silver prints with corresponding negatives in their original sleeves, three 5"h x 4"w negatives corresponding to series 112 in their series marked sleeves/envelope, the card catalog divider with hand-written model's name/notations, and an issue of Kensington Road Catalogue One in which the model appears.

In "Bruce of Los Angeles," Jim Dolinsky describes Bruce Bellas as a pioneer of modern nude photography: a master artist and technician dedicated to depicting the male figure. Historically, his body of work is a chronicle of the men of his generation, and his images inform us of the way they looked, dressed and lived in that era. Jim Dolinsky was the executor of the Bruce Bellas Estate, himself a noteworthy writer, photographer, dealer and collector of physique photography.

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