Issue #62  9/3/2003
Be-hold Auction Coming Up Sept. 12th

The 42nd Be-hold catalog and Internet auction of vintage historic and art photographs ends September 12th. It offers a variety of material, from the daguerreian era to 20th century.

Photographic art prints include important early albumens by Aubert (scene of the execution of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico), Constantine (ruins in Greece) and Ryder (railroad scene). There are vintage prints by Baron von Gloeden, Jesse Tarbox Beals, Brassai (1940s), Robert Doisneau, Josef Sudek, Gordon Coster, and a great group of seven portraits of writers (Joyce, Brecht) and artists, by Josef Breitenbach, printed under his supervision in 1976. There are also the many interesting surprises that give this auction its special character.

A special section of 35 lots of American Indian material includes important platinum print portraits of noted Indians by Rose and Hopkins and a rare and desirable series of vintage photographs by L. A. Huffman, including portraits of Rain in the Face, Spotted Eagle, Scorched Lightning, Red Sleeve and others. The text presents a great deal of historic information, some of it not otherwise easily available.

The sale presents an archive of letters and photographs pertaining to the relationship between photographer Mrs. M. L. Greene of Morristown and Summit, NJ and the New York photographer George Rockwood, mostly from the decade before his death in 1911.

There is also an important ambrotype portrait of Gideon Welles (Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy), interesting Southern daguerreotypes and a major offering of stereo views.

Larry Gottheim produces a well-illustrated and informative catalog, available in North America for $50 (International subscription for $70) for three issues including prices realized, or $20 for a sample issue. Auction material is also presented on the be-hold.com website. See the site at http://www.be-hold.com or e-mail Larry Gottheim at behold@be-hold.com or phone him at 1-914-423-5806. Larry is also sending out an occasional email newsletter that reflects his interesting personal views about photography and collecting. You can email him to get on this list as well.