A Famous Black Lives Matter Image Will Make Its Auction Debut at Sotheby’s

After earning praise for his foray of powerful black and white images of protesters during London’s Black Lives Matter events in June, photographer Misan Harriman is now set to make his debut at Sotheby’s auction house early next month.

Harriman — who became the first black male photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 104-year history last month — will feature for the first time at the London auction house with hs image entitled: Why is Ending Racism a Debate?. Set to view at Sotheby’s London from 11-14 October, the image is concurrently offered at auction online with an estimate of between £3,000 – £5,000 (approximately $3,800 – $6,400 USD).

It is being sold to benefit blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, a cause which is close to Harriman’s heart. This is the first time a work by the artist has ever been offered at sale, at auction or beyond, and thus presents a rare opportunity to acquire a photograph by one of the biggest names working in photography today.

Why is Ending Racism a Debate? first went viral after the likes of Edward Enninful, Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton and Martin Luther King III all shared the image on their respective Instagram accounts. Captured outside the US embassy in London, the image itself shows the 18-year old England U21s hockey player Darcy Bourne — who was at the time unknown — with a home-made sign which she had painted just moments before.

You can keep up-to-date with the auction via the Sotheby’s website.

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