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James Garfinkle advises...After 31 years of being the custodian of Mathew Brady's Studio Wet-Plate Camera, I have decided to let another person or institution have the pleasure of owning 'the most iconic piece of photographic Americana.' The camera was used to take portraits of Lincoln and other notables in the Civil War period.
Its provenance is unmatched: Meserve / Kunhardt collection, then at auction at Christie's in 1980, to me. Two owners in about 100 years. The serial number on lens matches that in Brady's bankruptcy filing, included with the lot. The camera has a reserve of $25,000.
It was most recently displayed at the 'Lincoln in New York' exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.
The sale is Wednesday, November 30th in Dallas. James Garfinkel can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The sale is part of a Heritage Auctions Americana sale. More details here: http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6066&lotNo=38365
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