Mannequin being Tossed Off Roof

A rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in limited numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985.


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Taking cue from the Surrealists, Helmut Newton often used mannequins to create work that played with our notions of objectivity and the agency of models. In 'Mannequin being tossed off roof', Newton takes compositional direction from Yves Klein's seminal 'Leap into the Void'. The unnatural form of the figure, uncommon perspective and contrast between the stillness of the figure and movement of the world below was characteristic of Newton's avant-garde imagery for the campaigns of Yves Saint Laurent.

"Photography is 10% inspiration and 90% moving furniture."

Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights


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Photoshoot Details

Location  : Paris
Date         : 1978
Magazine: Vogue (France) 
Designer : Marc Bohan for Christian Dior


Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


Small: 30 x 41 cm (12 x 16")

Medium: 41 x 51 cm (16 x 20")


Verified Authentic from the collection of vintage prints 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 limited edition 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.

Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

Your Investment Opportunity

This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.


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