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John Claude White: Tibetian Gems auctioned off

An album of rare photographs of Tibet taken by well-known British amateur photographer, John White (1853-1918), was sold for £38,000 at Bonham's India and Beyond sale yesterday. White, who served in the Indian Public Works Department from 1876, accompanied the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 19034. During the campaign he made a series of mostly landscape photographs, including a number of impressive panoramas.

Head of Bonhams Book department, David Park said: "The India and Beyond sale has a reputation for unearthing the rare and unusual. These were all high quality works eagerly sought after by collectors and the prices reflect the strong level of interest both in the early history of photography and the lost worlds captured in these images."

The sale made over £250,00 in total, and the lot description can be found here.


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