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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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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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