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CINCINNATI – On November 15, Hindman Auctions sold one of the earliest photographic portraits taken in America as part of a collection of photographs that realized $300,000. The archive was purchased by a midwestern museum. Offered in The Henry Fitz Jr. Archive of Photographic History auction, the photographs were recently rediscovered after lying for 87 years in an unheated shed in Peconic, New York. The cache included photographs of Henry Fitz Jr. (1808-1863) and his family taken between 1840 and 1842 as well as early telescopes and other optical devices.
CINCINNATI – On November 15, Hindman Auctions will offer The Henry Fitz Jr. Archive of Photographic History. Forgotten since the 1930s, a cache of some of the earliest photographic portraits taken in America was recently discovered in an unheated shed near Peconic, Long Island. It has been heralded as a “national, if not international treasure” by Grant Romer, a photo historian and Curator Emeritus of the George Eastman Museum, the world’s recognized home of photographic history. The archive consists of 22 daguerreotype portraits of Henry Fitz Jr. and his family taken between 1840 and 1842. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – We seemingly spend every second of every day scrolling past infinite images filling the screens perched on our decks and held in our hands. We no longer look at our own family photos; we see everyone else’s, endlessly looped. No moment goes uncaptured now; no memory gets left behind. Now try to imagine a world in which the only image of a person or place was an artist’s interpretation – a painting, print or sculpture. That was the world before the invention of photography in 1839, and not long after that, photographers were sending home images of people and places half a world away. Photography shrank the universe, making the unimaginable tangible, the faraway front and center. Heritage Auctions’ In Focus: 19th Century Photographs auction, which closes Sept. 28, revisits that pivotal moment in human history. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.