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A rare album of photographs of China by John Thomson titled 'Foochow and the River Min' (1873) sold for an auction world-record of £349,250 (including buyer's premium) at Sotheby's on 15 November 2012. One of an edition of only 46, this album was offered for sale by descendants of the original tea-merchant owner, Oliver Latham, who won the album in a pigeon match in Foochow in April 1873.
In the same sale a complete set of Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People (1873-74) sold for £49,250 (including buyer's premium).
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