Marianne Fürstin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
AN BORD DER PATRIA. 1938
Verso signiert, datiert, nummeriert, mit Copyrightstempel.
7 × 16,7 × 16,7 cm und 1 × 35,5 × 25,5 cm.
AUKTION 410 // LOT 828
SCHÄTZPREIS € 2.600 – 2.800
As a photographer, the Princess calls herself Manni Sayn-Wittgenstein for short. Princess Caroline of Monaco gave her the nickname "Mamarazza". Unlike the paparazzi, the Mamarazza never took indiscreet photos. Since the 1970s, the pictures of her prominent friends from the high nobility and jet set, from politics and business, from culture and show business appeared in the magazine "BUNTE" for over 25 years. On 9 December, the Princess will celebrate her 104th birthday in the circle of her five-generation family.
She had already started taking photographs at the age of nine and was given her first camera and a cruise on the "Patria" as a gift when she graduated from high school at 19. Before the maiden voyage of the last passenger and cargo ship built by HAPAG to Chile, there was an exclusive excursion to the fjords of the North Seas in the early summer of 1938, from which the young photographer brought back an excellent travel reportage with pictures of the beautiful landscape and the relaxed life on board. The series "On board the Patria" will be offered at the September auction - pictures of a lost time. Beate Wedekind had discovered the negatives in the summer of 2000 in the Princess's archive in the cellar of her hunting lodge in Fuschl near Salzburg and exhibited them in her Berlin gallery PICTUREshow in the winter as part of a comprehensive celebrated solo exhibition of Manni Sayn-Wittgenstein's photographs from 1938 to 1968.
Travelling is also the subject of the photo "Grosseto beach in Tuscany", taken by Manni Sayn-Wittgenstein at the beginning of May 1950 on her way to visit relatives in Rome. Her husband Prince Ludwig / Udi and his Volkswagen Beetle are taking a dip in the cool Mediterranean Sea. A few weeks later, after a party in Bad Laasphe, she photographed her husband's accident with the same VW Beetle. What luck! Nobody was hurt. Dixi Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, Hella Princess of Bavaria, Clementine Princess of Croy look on (from left).