Bruce Weber’s iconic black-and-white 1988 Calvin Klein Obsession campaign image of a nude couple on a swing has sold at auction for $112,875, making it the most expensive work of the photographer ever auctioned.
The image was sold yesterday in New York as part of Phillips’ Ultimate Campaign, a project celebrating collaborations between photographers and fashion brands. Weber’s work was featured alongside other images such as Alasdair McLellan’s 2012 Supreme poster featuring Kate Moss, Nick Knight’s 2009 ‘Snakes’ image for Alexander McQueen and Tyrone Lebon’s Calvin Klein SS16 featuring HERO 13 cover star Justin Bieber.
Titled ‘Ric and Natalie, Villa Tejas, Montecito, California, 1988′, the photo is one of many campaigns Weber has shot for the New York brand (including that game-changing 1982 image of Olympic pole-vaulter Tom Hintnaus wearing just a pair of white Calvin Klein briefs?), his stylised view of modern Americana and male sexuality perfectly in sync with the brand’s own aesthetic.