Historic Daguerreotypes and Custer Relics Lead the Charge in $1.2 Million Heritage Americana Auction

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DALLAS, TX.- A trio of important circa 1850 daguerreotypes drew tremendous interest and heated bidding in Heritage’s $1.2 million Nov. 17 Grand Format Americana & Political Memorabilia Auction, with all three realizing well above their pre-auction estimates. A most unusual half plate image of a travelling photographer’s studio brought more almost 10 times its pre-auction estimate to finish the day at $95,600, while the auction catalog’s cover piece, a previously unknown half plate portrait of Mexican War hero and 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor, consigned by a descendant of Taylor’s – with a complete chain of ownership – sold for $47,800, more than six times its pre-auction estimate of $8,000+. Rounding out this important triumvirate of early photos was a rare 1852 quarter plate daguerreotype of an identified San Francisco water vendor. Estimated at $8000+, the image drew great interest from both photography and California histo