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If your budget can't quite stretch to the Report of the Juries (1851), fear not as there is a selection of interesting 19th century photographs up for grabs at a forthcoming auction to be held at Bloomsbury Auctioneers on Wednesday 18th May 2011.

This includes one of the earliest instantaneous news photographs -  an 1855 stereoscopic daguerreotype by P H Delamotte for Negretti & Zambra of the reception of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Gernsheim records that only one daguerreotype of that occasion is known, and that, although four photographers covered the reopening of the Crystal Palace on 10 June 1854, only one deguerrotype of that occasion has survived. Estimated at a mere £9,000 - £12,000.

You can find details of the lots for sale here.

 

Photo:  P H Delamotte for Negretti & Zambra The Reception of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 20th April 1855.

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