The Year's Best Images

The world may not always seem ideal but 2019 certainly offered picture perfect moments at auction.
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The photograph "Two Amish Boys, Lancaster, PA" (1962), by George Tice, sold for $3,250 at auction.

"Two Amish Boys, Lancaster, PA" (1962), a photograph by George Tice, sold for $3,250 at auction.

We are flooded with thousands of images every year. Friends. Family. Pets. Vacations. Birthdays. More. The moments captured, like so many dominoes, tumble endlessly into the past. Some are memorable. Most are not, deleted from our memories and our phones.

And yet, every year there are images that move us. For some unknown reason, a collection of pixels or paint strokes stirs an emotion we can’t shake. They produce a smile. A tear. Or something wonderfully undefinable that reminds us of the wonder of being human.

One of the best things about my world are the images that cross our desk at Antique Trader. Items for sale at auction houses fill our days with fascination and delight. What follows are a mere handful that, for whatever reason, have moved me this past year, capturing the imagination and becoming more than a moment in time.  

"Migrant Mother," a 1936 photograph by Dorothea Lange, sold at auction for $7,000.

"Migrant Mother," a 1936 photograph by Dorothea Lange, sold at auction for $7,000.

"William Wegman with Fay Ray," a 1988 photograph by Annie Leibovitz, sold at auction for $5,000.

"William Wegman with Fay Ray," a 1988 photograph by Annie Leibovitz, sold at auction for $5,000.

"Power House Mechanic (1920-21)," a photograph by Lewis Hine sold for $2,800 at auction.

"Power House Mechanic (1920-21)," a photograph by Lewis Hine sold for $2,800 at auction.

Ansel Adams' "El Capitan, Winter," a 1950 photograph of the majestic vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, sold at auction for $4,500.

Ansel Adams' "El Capitan, Winter," a 1950 photograph of the majestic vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, sold at auction for $4,500.

A    bright, abstract, kaleidoscopic view of New York’s Times Square, with its billboards, lights, traffic, energy and excitement is captured in the 1956 travel poster by David Klein, which sold at auction for $4,750.

A bright, abstract, kaleidoscopic view of New York’s Times Square, with its billboards, lights, traffic, energy and excitement is captured in the 1956 travel poster by David Klein, which sold at auction for $4,750.

"Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico," a 1962 photograph by Ernst Haas, sold at auction for $3,250.

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