This serial number 27/30 has been exhibited from November 2012 to October 2013 by the Forbes Gallery in New York. Coming now from the Forbes collection, it is estimated $ 200K, for sale by Christie's in New York on September 29, lot 10.
I republish below my 2011 story, updated for adding a further result on another copy.
The best works of Irving Penn have become icons of the black and white photography of the twentieth century. Notably published by Vogue magazine, he was like Avedon one of the pioneers of fashion photography.
Penn worked primarily in the studio, and brought great attention to lighting. He maintained within fashion a psychological dimension that makes him rightly classified among the masters of portrait.
His favorite model was Lisa Fonssagrives, whom he married in 1950. The photo showing Lisa dressed as a Harlequin dates indeed of that year. She is seated, wearing a long dress with an unusual pattern of big checkerboard. Her elegantly gloved hand holds the brim of the Harlequin hat.
The copy for sale is a platinum-palladium print made in 1979, 52 x 48 cm, numbered 27/30.
On April 25, 2007, the copy 28/30 of the same edition was sold for $ 384K including premium by Phillips de Pury. This print has been sold later by Christie's on November 12, 2011 for € 265K including premium.
On June 22, 2007, a silver print from an edition of 10 made in 1984, of similar dimensions, was sold for £ 204K including premium by Phillips de Pury.