Christie’s New York to Offer Extraordinary Collection of Unique Daguerreotypes

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NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s presents A Historic Photographic Grand Tour: Important Daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey in an exclusive sale this fall. The auction, featuring 74 daguerreotype photographs, hails from a private collector and will be offered at Christie’s New York on October 7, 2010. The sale is expected to achieve in excess of $2 million. For decades, the name of Girault de Prangey had been a source of intrigue to scholars and collectors of early photography. A naturally gifted artist, de Prangey was born into a patrician French family in 1804. He applied to daguerreotypes the same passion and expertise he held for art and specifically Islamic architecture— eventually becoming one of the earliest masters of the medium. The daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process. Employing mercury vapors and asphaltum, it fixed the optical image from a