Photographs

Photographs have existed in various forms from the daguerreotypes of the early 19th century right through to today’s development of digital technology.

London dealers P & D Colnaghi have been selling photographs since the 1850s while the first photographic auctions took place in London in the mid-19th century, and though slower to take hold in the US, Alfred Stieglitz established important photographic galleries in New York during the first half of the 20th century.

Some of the most collectable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman, and Irving Penn.


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Photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed for short-lived husband Joe DiMaggio

23 January 2023

Signed presidential and other politically significant documents and letters brought high bids at a Heritage (15/20/15% buyer’s premium) sale, but more costly than those lots was this photograph of Marilyn Monroe.

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The web shop window: Photographic portraits archive

23 January 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Gallery puts Lartigue in limelight

19 December 2022

Compact Paris exhibition includes 19 works with a ‘super provenance’ to the artist’s wife

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Brilliant Brunel – and a scandalous corset

12 December 2022

Commissioned by the 'Illustrated London Times' to document the construction of the mighty Great Eastern, the young photographer Robert Howlett (1831-58) took some of the most famous images of ship’s designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59).

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Bidders desperate for daguerreotypes

12 December 2022

Found in a cigar box during an attic clearance and taken to Exeter auction house Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood (25% buyer’s premium), seven framed daguerreotypes in poor condition provided one of the better sleepers of the year on November 22-23.

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Rare photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel stars in our pick of five auction highlights

02 December 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare print showing the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel that made 12 times estimate in Gloucestershire.

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Timing was picture perfect for Paris photograph auction

28 November 2022

Staging a photo collection sale just as a specialist fair opened proved a great choice.

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Auction benefits from constructive thinking

28 November 2022

Paris auction Ader (28% buyer’s premium) was busy on the photographic front during Paris Photo.

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The £126,000 photos of Darwin’s evolution

14 November 2022

A rediscovered album of 19 cartes de visite portrait photographs documenting Charles Darwin’s changing visage over three decades sold for £126,000.

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Montmartre landmark building reaches to the sky

31 October 2022

'Paris Photo', the French capital’s annual fair dedicated to photography, holds its 25th edition at the Grand Palais Ephémère from November 10-13.

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Collection of Charles Darwin visiting cards coming to Essex auction

17 October 2022

An album of 19 carte de visite portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is offered in Reeman Dansie’s Fine Art auction on November 8-9.

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Top stories this week – including news of an early photograph album making over 10 times estimate

09 October 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an 1840s album of calotype photographs bringing demand in Edinburgh.

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Photos reveal a face from 1840s Scotland

03 October 2022

An exceptionally early album of calotype photographs sold for £68,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Lyon & Turnbull on September 28.

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Tennyson portrayed by Julia Margaret Cameron

12 September 2022

Estimated at £3000-4000, this 9½ x 12in (24 x 30.5cm) albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is offered in the Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography auction on September 15 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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'Pathway to Impressionism' photography show debuts at James Hyman

05 September 2022

London exhibition outlines how French photographers started to cover a changing world

Thai Photo Album

Diplomat’s historic photos of Thailand bring demand at Winchester sale

31 August 2022

A group of photographs, letters, documents and objects relating to early 20th century Thailand appeared in a recent online sale at Winchester saleroom Rushbrooks Auctioneers (22.5% buyer’s premium including VAT).

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BADA Friends supports contemporary museum acquisition

16 August 2022

The Friends of the BADA has given £500 to support the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in the acquisition of a new work.

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Fresh wave of demand on the cards

08 August 2022

Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.

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Houdini captured for once

11 July 2022

Pictured here is one of two very successful lots relating to the career of Houdini that were sold in a Chicago auction.

Souvenirs du Camp photo

Le Gray album emerges from a drawer to take a six-figure sum

30 May 2022

Gustave Le Gray’s 'Souvenirs du Camp de Châlons' sold at Phillips in London.

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