Over three million photographs will soon be entering the hobby through catalog and eBay sales.
A collection of over three million photographs spanning several decades has been acquired and consigned to an upcoming auction.
Wire photos from the archives of the Detroit News, SPORT magazine, baseball photographer Charles Conlon, Brooklyn Dodgers photographer Barney Stein, Ansel Adams and other outlets will be sold in several upcoming events hosted by Legendary Auctions.
The massive collection includes significant figures from various sports, scenes from the turn of the century, entertainment icons, and other notable individuals and moments in history including the Civil Rights movement.
The first part of the collection is scheduled to open for bidding on Monday, September 8 and close on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30. The auction will consist entirely of photographs from the lots consigned by someone the auction company calls "a prominent high end collector" who recently obtained them.
“Photography has really found its place in collecting,” said Legendary Auctions’ president and CEO Doug Allen. “It is a relatively new niche that has just taken off. We have seen the prices realized on high-quality photos such as the ones we will be offering climb steadily during the last few years.”
Allen said that what is most exciting about the photographs is the diversity of their subjects. “In one group you’ll find icons of baseball, in another pile there are stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. And then you’ll turn over another photo and it is the frame that captured the moment right after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on the balcony of the motel in Memphis. Collectively, the photos really are the proverbial ‘snapshot’ of the American experience,” said Allen.
Because of the enormous quantity of photographs Legendary Auctions will be selling in the coming months, the company will be developing an eBay presence, Legendary Photos, to further accommodate the sale of some of the more affordable images in the wide-ranging collection. “Typically, a photo in a regular Legendary Auction may run in the thousands,” said Allen. “Through Legendary Photos on eBay, still amazing but less pricey images will be available for a couple hundred dollars. The utilization of the eBay outlet will simply broaden the appeal and availability of these incredible photos and ensure that they all find their way into collections.”
Additional details regarding the upcoming photographs in subsequent photo auctions will be released during the next few months.