Toronto. I received an email the other day from Ms Daile Kaplan of Swann Galleries talking about their latest sale of photographs and books by auction.
She says, “On Valentine’s Day we offered Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks, precisely 65 years after Swann held the first U.S. auction dedicated to photographs. Known as The Marshall Sale, the top lot in the February 14, 1952 auction was a collection of more than 1,000 plates from Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, which sold for just $250.
“Tuesday’s auction cleared $1.5M, with a selection of 50 plates from Muybridge’s 1887 magnum opus topping the auction at $62,500.
“Also available were multiple works by Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis and Roy DeCarava, and a set of 22 large prints from NASA missions that reached $43,750.”
I remember the NASA prints. I was in Montreal at the time and a woman bought some for a young family member of the celebration of the first moon walk. She kindly ordered a set for me as well. My first daughter was born that summer when America first put a man on the moon – 1969.