Model Checking Brake Lining

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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In 'Model checking brake lining', Helmut Newton harnesses the seductive power of the American car. Newton inverts the usual gender stereotypes to create a work that appeals to both universal male fantasies as well as the idea of the independent woman. Having spent a number of years as a mechanic and truck driver in the Australian Army, the world of automobiles was to form a crucial motif within his oeuvre.

"I did find a wonderful girl last year, but the photographs that we did were more about motorcars."

Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights


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Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


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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