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.
Before movies and Hollywood, there was the theater and Broadway. Alfred Cheney Johnston (1884-1971), a young artist with an interest in the beauty of the female form, found his calling in the excitement of the enormously successful Ziegfeld Follies.
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.