Ziegfeld Follies Girls Rare Photographs by Alfred Cheney Johnston ~ 2011 Auction Results

Alfred Cheney Johnston photograph of Ziegfeld Follies Girl Dorothy Graves.

Alfred Cheney Johnston photograph of actress Barbara Stanwyck.

Ziegfeld Follies Girls Rare Photographs by Alfred Cheney Johnston ~ 2011 Auction Results

A treasure trove of vintage photographs, shot by Alfred Cheney Johnston, of Jazz Age nudes, actresses, and Ziegfield Follies Girls was discovered in a Connecticut estate, and put up for auction in 2011. 

MERIDEN, Conn. – An extraordinary archive of Alfred “Cheney” Johnston (1884-1971) glamour photos of Jazz Age beauties, as well as important artworks from the renowned Ziegfield Follies photographer’s personal collection, will be was auctioned on April 16, 2011 at Nest Egg Auctions‘ gallery in Meriden, Conn.

Johnston’s personal photo archive, which was bequeathed to a neighbor 40 years ago and has remained in the same family ever since, includes dozens of beautiful nudes that were considered very daring for their time. 

Johnston was a trailblazer in celebrity photography and rose to the top of his profession with his stunning pictures of showgirls, film stars and rising starlets – among them Barbara Stanwyck, Clara Bow, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Swanson and Julie “Catwoman” Newmar. Johnston’s ability to put his subjects at ease resulted in stylish portraits whose artistic quality has withstood the test of time.

“Many of Cheney Johnston’s now-classic photos were donated to the Library of Congress and will never again be in private hands. This only heightens the rarity and desirability of the photos in our upcoming auction,” said Nest Egg auctioneer Ryan Brechlin. The 11- by 14-inch glamour prints, each created by the master’s hand, carry individual estimates ranging from $100 to around $2,000.

See all the photos, with bid amounts:

The Ziegfeld Girls photos start at lot #340 thru #420.

Florenz Ziegfeld put his name on his famous theatrical productions, The Ziegfeld Follies, a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. [Wikipedia]

A wonderfully illustrated history of the Ziegfeld Follies is here.

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