Annie Leibovitz on Lance Armstrong.

 Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949). Lance Armstrong, New York, 1999. Chromogenic print (c-print). 12 x 17.3 in. (30.48 x 43.94 cm.). Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in ink on recto. Printed circa 2001. Edition 26/40. Artnet Auctions Lot ID 125851

Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949). Lance Armstrong, New York, 1999. Chromogenic print (c-print). 12 x 17.3 in. (30.48 x 43.94 cm.). Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in ink on recto. Printed circa 2001. Edition 26/40. Artnet Auctions Lot ID 125851

Lance Armstrong isn't a thing anymore. He disgraced himself and lost his honour. But Annie Leibovitz is an American icon for her contributions to photography.

Annie Leibovitz is one of America’s best-known photographers, capturing images of some of the most influential people of her time. Known for bold contrasts and imaginative poses, her portraits capture raw and intimate moments as well as powerful arranged posses. Leibovitz started her career as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, where she was later named chief photographer. She then joined the staff at Vanity Fair and began working regularly for Vogue. She captures, here, a naked Lance Armstrong riding a bicycle. Leibovitz photographed Lance Armstrong in the fall of 1999 when he came back to cycling after defeating cancer and won his first Tour de France. This image was published in Vanity Fair in December 1999 to accompany a feature about Armstrong.

Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949) has held positions at Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue shooting iconic images of celebrities in the music, film, and sports industries. Her work has been featured in hundreds of international exhibitions, including at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, London; among others.

Would I recommend this acquisition? Yes. The black and white version was offered at auction in 2014 and again in 2015. This c-print (chromogenic print) is up on auction at this link through August 16, 2018. The image records a powerful story of how the mighty can fall and rise up again from disaster. It's by an iconic American photographer about an iconic American athlete who defeated all kinds of odds. Strangely, they both did. They're both survivors. The image is an excellent record of subject and photographer. It's romantic. And it addresses value.

The condition report at this link states that the photograph had "no apparent condition issues" and provenance is direct from the artist to the selling private collector's dealer.