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National Geographic auction brings in $3.7 million
|Written by Associated Press|
|Monday, 10 December 2012 12:06|
NEW YORK (AP) – A New York auction of photographs and artworks from the archives of the National Geographic Society has brought in more than $3.7 million
Christie's said 185 lots were sold Thursday. It's the first time any of National Geographic's enormous collection was put up for sale.
A photo of an Afghan girl taken by Steve McCurry brought in a world-record auction price for the artist, selling for $178,900. That was far higher than the estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.
An oil painting by Tom Lovell of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Civil War surrender at Appomattox brought in $80,500. The estimate was between $15,000 and $25,000.
Edward S. Curtis’ The North American Indian, Portfolios 1-20 and Volumes 1-20 sold for $902,000, just topping the high estimate.
National Geographic sponsors and funds scientific research and exploration through its official journal, National Geographic Magazine, which reaches 8.8 million people worldwide.
A gelatin silver print titled Iceberg, Antarctica, circa 1911 by Herbert G. Ponting hit $37,500, a world-record auction price for a single print by the artist.
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