Daile Kaplan, Swann Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, said, "We were very pleased to have sold this iconic work by a major 20th century artist. The price reflects the rarity and beauty of this American masterpiece and the interest in photobooks as an artform."
Prices for other early photographs were also strong. A multi-panel panorama image of lower Manhattan from 1876, showing a portion of the Brooklyn Bridge still under construction, brought $96,000, and an album of cyanotypes of Colorado sold for $56,000.
(Thanks to Rebecca Weiss of Swann Galleries)
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Jeff: "But to be clear, the auction record for the Curtis volumes was set at Christie's this past April for $2.88 million, including buyer's premium. A bargain at half the amount!"
John Brewton: "When I lived in Nashville (four years of hell in the 1980s) my next door neighbor had four or five original Curtis photos on a wall. He claimed he found them at a garage sale!"
Mike replies: Hope he held on to them. Market's been trending upward.