2021 Benefit Auction

The Daguerreian Society 2021 Symposium Benefit Auction

The Daguerreian Society's annual benefit auction will be held on October 16, 2021, at 6pm Eastern time. All bidding will be absentee through email, or on-line through LiveAuctioneers or Cowan's Auctions.

THE AUCTION ON LIVEAUCTIONEERS (buyer's premium 25% — including %5 to cover liveauctioneers.com fees)

THE AUCTION ON COWAN'S AUCTIONS (buyer's premium 20% — Cowan's Auctions is generously waiving their fees)

Full auction terms may be found here.


Select Auction Highlights

Where in previous years all the lots for the Society's auction were also staged on its web site, we are not doing that this year. Go to LiveAuctioneers or Cowan's Auctions (see links above) to view the lots as well as to bid. As a teaser, however, we show a few favorite items here:

LOT 6: THE YOSEMITE BOOK, PHOTOS BY CARLETON WATKINS

Cover page: "GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CALIFORNIA. J. D. WHITNEY, STATE GEOLOGIST. THE YOSEMITE BOOK; A DESCRIPTION OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY AND THE ADJACENT REGION OF THE SIERRA NEVADA, AND OF THE BIG TREES OF CALIFORNIA, ILLUSTRATED BY MAPS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE. NEW YORK, JULIUS BIEN. 1868."

Printed by The New York Lithographing, Engraving and Printing Company, 16 & 18 Park Place.

Please see the scans for the Table of Contents and List of Photographs.

The Introduction tells us that 24 of the photographs are by Mr. C.E. Watkins and 4 are by Mr. W. Harris.

Hardcover. 116 pages, followed by 28 photographs, followed by 2 maps.

Book is approximately 12 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches.

PROVENANCE. There is strong provenance to this book. There is a letter that comes with it. It was handwritten by a woman named Dorothy, stating that the book belonged to her mother, Edalene. Edalene received the book from a friend, Julia Watkins. Julia Watkins was the daughter of Carleton Watkins. Carleton Watkins and his daughter, Julia, lived in Capay, California together, which is where this book originates. The likely scenario is that this is Carleton's personal copy, which he gave to his daughter, Julia, who then passed it on to her friend, Edalene, which is how it ended up with Edalene's daughter, Dorothy. This book that we're offering surfaced in Woodland, California approximately 10 years ago. Woodland is 16 miles from Capay, where Carleton Watkins and his daughter, Julia, lived.

Also includes a metal plate that has laterally reversed text: "THE YOSEMITE BOOK."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $6000-9000

 

(Many more images from the book are available on LiveAuctioneers.)


Lot 12: VIOLINIST & HAND-COLORED VIOLIN DAGUERREOTYPE

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

The handsome man makes eye contact with us as his bow is about to hit the strings. Daguerreotypes with hand-colored violins are unusual.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-1000


Lot 52: OUTDOOR SCENE DAGUERREOTYPE ETCHED PLATE "BY BARTLETT"

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

A young man holds a horse in front of a street lamp and a brick wall. The young man is well-dressed, and has one hand on his hip even as he holds the reins. Lots of textures and plenty of detail even on the ground. Daguerreotypes that have been etched in the plate are rare and desirable. This clearly says "By Bartlett Mr Van Lund." Half case.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $3000-5000


Lot 53: ANIMATED GAME OF CARDS, PHOTO OF A FEMALE TINTYPE

The young man seated at left holds his stack with one hand and makes a move with the other. Standing next to him is a young man holding his cards with one hand while pointing his finger. The young man seated at right is grinning as he holds his spread out hand. Presumably, he's won the hand. In any case, it's a very active card game.

And then... there's the fellow enchanted with a photo of a female. Is she a love interest, or a celebrity?

There's a single light fixture globe at the top left.

Approximately 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Animated. Great poses.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $100-300


Lot 60: DAGUERREOTYPE OF RISQUE PAINTING OF YOUNG MAN & WOMAN

From the Collection of Helder S. Costa

Sixth plate. We have not provided a scan of this image in this forum, as we don’t want to offend anyone. Please go to this link to view this daguerreotype.

Depicts a young man and a young woman engaged. Full case.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1500


 

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