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A print from an album likely to have been compiled by Roger Fenton is being offered by Chiswick Auctions online on 3 December. The anonymous portrait, by Fenton, comes from the notorious 'grey paper album'. The important album was disbound and each image was offered, and dispersed, individually, at auction between 1977 and 1984.
No record of the album and its sequencing was made at the time and it remains an example of commerce determining to break up an album to maximise value for the consignor. Pages from the album are now scattered across the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and prints periodically appear at auction.
The Chiswick auction also contains other early photographs, stereocards and cameras.
The Fenton lot description can be seen here.
The sale whole auction here.
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