Girls in the Windows: Looking out over high society

Some would associate the term ‘girls in windows’ with the shadier goings-on in certain areas of Amsterdam. But Ormond Gigli’s signature painting saw 43 women performing a very different type of ‘work’, above New York’s high society…

The image, snapped in 1960, included not only Gigli’s wife and 42 other elegantly dressed ladies, but also a Rolls-Royce. It was snapped during the lunchbreak of the crew that was about to demolish the condemned building; it’ll soon be sold by London-based auction house Phillips, with an estimate of £15,000-£20,000.

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