Potter & Potter presents Photography & Ephemera, Nov. 20

Vivian Maier's album of her 1959 trip to France and Southeast Asia, est. $20,000-$30,000

Vivian Maier’s album of her 1959 trip to France and Southeast Asia, est. $20,000-$30,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce a 765-lot Photography & Ephemera sale to be held on Saturday, November 20 starting at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Important late 20th and early 21st century photo collections take the top slots in this premier sale, led by Vivian Maier’s album of her 1959 trip to France and Southeast Asia, estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Maier was recognized by The New York Times as “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.” The album consists of 22 Kodacolor prints arranged in a cloth Badger Squeegee Album. The images capture intimate views of Asian street life and the daily scenes of the French countryside.

Another standout in this section is a pair of photograph albums documenting a gold miner’s experience during the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, estimated at $12,000-$15,000. The albums include 265 albumen prints mounted on heavy stock; many are captioned, with most signed by the photographer. Pictured are Dawson City, the El Dorado mining area, Gold Hill, cabins, social gatherings, river views, miners and prospectors, Native Americans, totem poles, bear cubs, dog sleds and scenes of measuring gold dust. These albums and images are from their original owner, Dr. William B. Sickler, who was a Klondike miner. The lot also includes Sickler’s manuscript, My Trip to the Klondike, describing his 1898 trek to Dawson.

Pair of photograph albums documenting a gold miner’s experience during the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, est. $12,000-$15,000

Photograph albums documenting a gold miner’s experience in the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, est. $12,000-$15,000

Also included is Thomas M. Easterly and Emil Boehl’s Views of Early St. Louis, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. This circa-1890 folio includes 35 sepia-toned photos mounted on heavy stock. Boehl was a St. Louis commercial photographer who primarily focused on capturing St. Louis streets, buildings, and locales, as well as producing copies of Easterly’s daguerreotypes and distributing them as his own. Easterly was considered one of the most prominent daguerreotypists of the Midwest.

Vivian Maier's untitled 1951 shot of two men, est. $3,000-$4,000

Vivian Maier’s untitled 1951 shot of two men, est. $3,000-$4,000

This sale also includes fine selections of single photographs capturing iconic people, places, and things, among them Vivian Maier’s untitled 1951 shot of two men, estimated at $3,000-$4,000. The image is a gelatin silver print with sepia tones; it was most likely taken on a return ship voyage from France to New York. This example of a lifetime print was probably developed by Maier in her darkroom while she was employed as a nanny.

Margaret Bourke-White's image of Terminal Tower in Cleveland, est. $2,000-$3,000

Margaret Bourke-White’s image of Terminal Tower in Cleveland, est. $2,000-$3,000

An image from another lauded American woman photographer is Margaret Bourke-White’s image of Terminal Tower in Cleveland, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. This gelatin silver print is signed and is hinge mounted and matted. Another strong entry is Danny Lyon’s Texas Prisoners, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. This framed gelatin silver print is signed in pencil on verso.

Danny Lyon, ‘Texas Prisoners,’ est. $1,500-$2,000

Danny Lyon, ‘Texas Prisoners,’ est. $1,500-$2,000

Also on offer are museum quality stamp collections dating from the mid-1800s onward. The most significant is a Scott #230-245 complete U.S. Columbian Mint Set from 1893, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. This set is bright and fresh, with generally well-centered stamps, and features choice $3 and $5 values. All but the 1 cent stamp has its full original gum.

Scott #230-245 complete U.S. Columbian Mint Set from 1893, est. $3,000-$5,000

Scott #230-245 complete U.S. Columbian Mint Set from 1893, est. $3,000-$5,000

Fine and antique books are destined to be best sellers at this late fall event. One choice example is Mihail Moldoveanu’s two volume opus Bucuresti, estimated at $1,200-$2,000. This limited edition publication was printed in Paris in 2004. It features photos of Bucharest, with copy in English, Romanian and French. The first volume is signed and numbered 8/350 by Moldoveanu, and the second volume consists of 50 individual signed and numbered prints, each embossed with the photographer’s credit.

Signed copy of Charlie Chaplin's ‘My Trip Abroad,’ est. $400-$600

Signed copy of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘My Trip Abroad,’ est. $400-$600

Equally compelling is a signed copy of Charlie Chaplin’s My Trip Abroad, is estimated at $400-$600. It was printed in February, 1922 in New York by Harper & Brothers. Chaplin sailed for England in September 1921, having won international fame following the massive success of The Kid. In Europe, he made the acquaintance of a veritable who’s who of early 20th-century luminaries.

Archive of Colorado postcards and associated ephemera, est. $1,000-$2,000

Archive of Colorado postcards and associated ephemera, est. $1,000-$2,000

This auction also offers a first class selection of themed postcard collections, most notably an archive of about 1,000 Colorado postcards and associated ephemera, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. This single-owner lifetime collection includes early real-photo postcards, linens, lithos and chromes, together with three plastic tubs containing travel albums, 35mm slides, maps, booklets, prints and related material on early to mid-20th century Colorado history.

Rollei Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar f/8 1000mm telephoto lens, est. $10,000-$12,000

Rollei Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar f/8 1000mm telephoto lens, est. $10,000-$12,000

This sale comes full circle with camera apparatus, prints, fine art, and ephemera featuring the signatures of famous individuals. First up is a Rollei Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar f/8 1000mm telephoto lens, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. This example is number 4948949, has a length of 32”, and includes its front and rear lens caps and original hard case. Also on offer is Maurice De Mathelin de Papigny’s circa-1900 bronze Heavy Basket, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

 

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/