Famed photographer Mario Testino has long been known for his fashion campaigns and stunning portraits of prominent personalities such as Kate Moss, Madonna, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the late Princess Diana. But come September, a different aspect of the Peruvian shutterbug’s life will come under the spotlight: His personal art collection, which he amassed over some 30 years. Over 400 artworks from this treasure trove will go under the hammer at a Sotheby’s London auction on 13 and 14 September.

Preceding the sale is an exhibition of these artworks, which are created by the likes of Brazilian artists Adriana Verajão and Vik Muniz, American photographer Richard Prince, and contemporary artist Jacqueline Humphries. The showcase takes place from 8 to 13 September at Sotheby’s London galleries, and is curated by Testino himself. It also features talks by his friends and collaborators from the art, fashion and photography industries, and a presentation of his own photographs.

The auction’s proceeds will go towards enhancing the exhibitions, residencies and education initiatives at MATE – Museo Mario Testino, a non-profit art museum that Testino established in his hometown of Lima in 2012. The museum promotes and supports Peruvian artists. Ahead of the much-awaited sale, here are 6 of our favourite picks from Testino’s art collection.


(All photos: Sotheby’s; Featured photo: Sotheby’s/ Elliot Hundley)