Two daguerrotypes of President Abraham Lincoln, including a rare period copy daguerrotype of a "beardless" Lincoln, exceeds estimates, in 200-lot auction.
A two-evening photography sale ended with more than 200 daguerreotypes from a single 30-year collection from Rochester, N.Y., crossing the block Oct. 3-4 in a sale hosted by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass.
Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. American History, Including the Civil War Auction realized $697,000 in the June 21, 2012 sale. The highest selling lot in the sale was an Alexander Gardner Colloidon glass negative from Abraham Lincoln’s last sitting.
The daguerreotype, the invention of French commercial artist Louis Daguerre, is the result of an early photographic process that used iodine vapors to sensitize plates of polished silver.