Back to Press Wednesday April 30, 2014

Grace Coddington curates No Clothes, an auction of nudes on Paddle8

Vogue’s legendary Creative Director selects stripped-down works by the artists and photographers who have most inspired her

Paddle8 is honored to present an auction of nudes curated by Vogue's Grace Coddington, featuring works by the artists and photographers who have most inspired her throughout her celebrated career. The auction, No Clothes, includes 35 works by many of Grace's collaborators, including Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, David Sims, and Peter Lindbergh, as well as some of art history's most iconic interpreters of the nude, among them Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

During her four decades as a fashion editor, Coddington has left an indelible mark on the fashion world through the extraordinary images that she has created for the pages of British and American Vogue. While she is known for the magic that she creates with clothes, in No Clothes Coddington strips down each image to its foundation. “Every picture starts off naked," she has said. "The model is naked, the hair is undone, the set is naked—and this is the starting point of the creative process.”

The idiosyncratic works in the auction reflect Coddington’s exceptional eye, her discerning taste, and her relentless pursuit of beauty—from a defiant, bare-breasted Madonna shot by Herb Ritts, to a dynamic shot of Keith Haring, clad only in paint and captured by Annie Leibovitz, and a delighted Drew Barrymore photographed by Ellen von Unwerth.

“Grace is the consummate curator—celebrated simultaneously for her ambitious, cinematic vision and for her rigorous attention to detail,” said Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of Paddle8. “We are thrilled that our collectors will be able to gaze through Grace’s eyes for her selection in No Clothes. The works that she chose with great care for this auction are by turns romantic, witty, sexy, and striking—what they have in common is that each work reveals a story.”

Bidding is available from May 3 to 27 at

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. To date, Paddle8 has collaborated with over 200 non-profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions online, dramatically expanding the audience of supporters and fundraising results for each non-profit partner. The company was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur. Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective (past investments include Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed), the investment group Mousse Partners (past investments include Paperless Post, Warby Parker, Bonobos), artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling; Alexander von Furstenberg, and Matthew Mellon.

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