Vintage matte-finish 6.5 x 8.75 photo of Freud with his hand on his hip and a cigar clenched in his other hand, by Max Halberstadt of Hamburg, affixed to its original 9.5 x 11.5 mount, inscribed in fountain pen on the mount, in German, to Marie Bonaparte’s oldest son Pierre, Prince of Greece Denmark, and dated 1932, and signed on the portrait “Sigmund Freud.” Poor contrast to Freud’s signature, otherwise fine condition.
Marie Bonaparte began treatment with Freud in 1924, well before she became a noted psychoanalyst herself. Using methods that by today’s standards would be considered highly unorthodox, Freud grew very close with his patient during their twice-a-day sessions, building a friendship that would last for the remainder of his life. In 1938, financially struggling to obtain an exit visa to escape the Nazi takeover of Vienna, Freud was rescued by Bonaparte who made the necessary funds available for he and his wife and daughter to leave; after briefly visiting with her in Paris, they moved into their new London house, an arrangement also made possible by his royal friend’s status. This stunning photograph, arguably the most famous and widely recognized image of the doctor, holds incredible value as it is inscribed to Marie’s son, Prince Peter (“Pierre”) of Greece and Denmark. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.