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Auction: the Rossetti Family at home by Lewis Carroll

The Guardian newspaper reported that Bonhams New York was to sell an albumen photograph of the Rossetti Family at home (detail, right), dated 1863. The catalogue entry noted ' No similar quality original Lewis Carroll photograph of the Rossetti family has sold on the open market in recent years. Of the three known complete images of this photograph, only this and one other exist in private hands.'  The photograph was offered in New York with an estimate of US$ 50,000 - 70,000 (£38,000 - 53,000). It failed to find a buyer. 

See The Guardian news story https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/14/extremely-rare-photog...

See the lot description: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26898/lot/177/

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Comment by Alex Novak on December 20, 2021 at 21:41

It was a mediocre print, a so-so image and a very high price, when you consider adding on the 25% premium. It didn't surprise me that it didn't sell.

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