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Auction: Mervyn Heard magic lantern collection / 17 July 2018

Special Auction Services auction of Fine Photographica on 17 July includes the Mervyn Heard collection of magic lantern slides, optical toys and stereoscopy.Also included are photographs and cameras.  A respected collector and scholar of the popular visual culture and and the lantern Heard died last year.

The catalogue is available here:

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Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on July 16, 2018 at 18:13

Except, that at auctions 'vultures' congregate to gobble up for a song, or rather a screech, sale's pickings - to then regurgitate their gobblings onto profitable resale opportunities. One doubts 'collectors' of the note of Mervyn will be crowding into the sales room to buy up Mervyn's hoard with a view to 'doing a Mervyn' all over again.    

Comment by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2018 at 13:41

Bobbie - Mervyn expressed a wish to see his collection dispersed so that other collectors or institutions could acquire parts. As the catalogue states: 'it was always Mervyn’s wish that his Collection should be sold at auction, so that others would have the same joy of showing and/or collecting the slides, as he had himself enjoyed over many years.'

Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on July 16, 2018 at 11:24

Makes yer sick don't it to see another of someone's amazing lifelong obsessional collection 'smashed up' by a gavel?

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