In 1976, Elizabeth Taylor and then-aspiring photographer Firooz Zahedi traveled to Tehran. There, they dined with royalty, toured ancient sites, shopped in the Grand Bazaar, and took a series of photographs.
This intimate portrait of a 20th-century icon was never intended for public view, but Andy Warhol published the photos in Interview shortly after they returned from Iran.
Zahedi and Taylor remained close friends and he continued to photograph her throughout the rest of her life. In Sotheby’s Expert Voices, Zahedi shares the stories behind this image.
Sotheby’s will offer this photograph in a sale in London on April 30.
(Photo, Firooz Zahedi/ Sotheby’s)