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Auction: album connected to Duleep Singh makes £22,400

The Mail onlline has reported that a phootgraph album sold at a C&T Auctions for £22,400. It says: 'An old photo album containing pictures of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire taken by Prince Albert [actually Ernst Becker] has sold for £22,000 after it was originally valued at just £200.

The leather-bound album containing 240 photos - four of which are of Maharaja Duleep Singh - was discovered by a house clearer who had won a contract to clear out a property.

It was taken to an auctioneers in Rochester, Kent, along with three other albums, where it was expected to make about £1,000, but surprisingly sold for 22 times that.

Read more here.

Singh was a member of the Photographic Society, later the Royal Photographic Society, from 1855 until his death. 

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