Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Selected Necklaces’, Sotheby's
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Selected Necklaces’, Sotheby's
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Selected Necklaces’, Sotheby's

Robert Mapplethorpe: Objects of Desire, Important Works from the Collection of David Croland

Circa 1971 (3).

Various sizes

From the Catalogue:
In 1969, Mapplethorpe began making and selling jewelry. The handmade necklaces (designed to be worn as chokers) offered here, with macramé knots and various talisman-like charms, were worn by both Mapplethorpe and Croland. At the time of this writing, it is believed that these are the first pieces of Mapplethorpe jewelry to be offered at auction.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Acquired from the photographer, circa 1971

About Robert Mapplethorpe

In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

American, 1946-1989, Queens, New York, based in New York, New York