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"Niki Lauda, Pirelli's Calendar May 1985" 16x20 Vintage Silver Gelatin by Helmut Newton Photography


POA (photos of actual artwork) 

16"x20" vintage silver gelatin print

Rare vintage silver gelatin image featuring iconic Formula 1 driver and team coach Niki Lauda.  The pictorial featured Lauda after his famous accident that left his face badly burned resulting in him wearing the mask in the image for months.  Lauda continued his dominant run in F1 motorsports recently passing away in 2020 at the helm of the dominating Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team featuring Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.  

When in the spring of 1985, Pirelli Italia asked Helmut Newton to envision the Calendar, the company did not place any restrictions on his creativity, but specified that the Pirelli product had to appear in the photographs. This was a new development, not just for the renowned photographer but also for the Calendar, which until then had focused on evocative images that were far removed from Pirelli’s core business. The result was a stunning calendar series of images that remained mostly unseen until 2014.

This is a rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in small numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985. Always unsigned, they were sent out to major publications to stimulate interest in a photographer’s work. Most were destroyed or written over, it is very rare to find them in immaculate condition.


This collection of vintage prints were gifted to Newton’s agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985. This fine art print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012. This print has been stored in conservation condition.

About the Artist

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the world’s most celebrated photographers whose uniquely edgy imagery is coveted worldwide by collectors and aficionados of photographic art. Mr.Newton’s “Private Property” exhibitions were produced by agreement in Paris, London and New York City in 1985.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your Original Helmut Newton purchase, you may return it if it's unopened from it's original packaging (you are responsible for applicable return shipping costs) within 14 days of purchase and it will go back on the card it was purchased on.


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