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It has been reported that the deadline placed by the UK government on a temporary export ban on the ‘Signor 1857' - an album containing 35 works by various photographers, belonging to Julia Margaret Cameron, lapsed last night.

A prospective UK buyer was - despite significant efforts - unable to raise the £121,250 needed to secure it , even after the government-extended 3-month export ban.  Neither the name of the buyer, nor the destination of the album, have been disclosed. The DCMS would not say if the prospective purchaser was a UK organisation, or an individual.

You can read the full report here and how BPH reported the original sale and export licence deferral here (

The news comes at a time when Sotheby's is about to auction another, and previously unknown, Cameron album (see:

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