INDIO, Calif. — A small but important collection of photographs, many dating to the 19th-century dawn of photographic technology, come to market in Antiqphoto‘s Curator’s Choice sale on Saturday, September 23. Internet bidding is available at LiveAuctioneers.
The sale’s highest-estimated lot is an image captured by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868. Her subject is William Page Wood, aka the first Baron Hatherley (1801-1881), who was also a British lawyer and statesman. It carries an estimate of $12,000–$17,500.
Also featured is a photo album believed to have made around 1858 and featuring the British Army’s 6th Inniskilling Regiment of Dragoons. This unit served in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. With 38 salt prints included, the album has an estimate of $3,500-$5,000.
Bare-knuckle fighters from circa 1860 star in this 14.75 by 11in albumenized salt print. With very good contrast and tonality, it is estimated at $750-$1,000.