His Marlboro cowboys are not just recuperations of ads from the magazines : they indeed illustrate the demise of ridiculous traditional values. He does not spare the young women. In his Girlfriends series the artist only uses images of girls associated with a motorcycle, with all the variety of his findings between risque and erotic in the press of the bad boys.
Unlike Bardot in 1968 on her Harley Davidson, Prince's Girlfriends do not challenge the men. The powerful and potentially vibrating machine compensates for the temporary absence of the boyfriend to whom the more or less undressed girl offers her unrestrained erotic desire.
In 1992 Richard Prince began publishing his cowboys in Cibachrome or Ektacolor color prints in very large size usually limited to two prints plus an artist's proof. A print 102 x 69 cm was sold for £ 780K including premium by Sotheby's on October 12, 2012.
The Girlfriends follow in 1993. A 150 x 102 cm Ektacolor showing a blonde woman bare breasted in sunlight and standing with the bike between her nude legs was sold for $ 830K including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015.
On September 13 in London, Sotheby's sells an Ektacolor made in the same year, 114 x 167 cm including the artist's frame, lot 7 estimated £ 250K. The naked brunette, younger and more relaxed than many other girlfriends of the same series, is sprawled on the bike. Her expression of intimate expectation and her slightly messed hair make her friendly appealing, with a modernism of sexy composition that anticipates David LaChapelle.
SOLD for £ 550K including premium