Two Prints by Ansel Adams were Top Lots at Swann Galleries’ Auction

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NEW YORK, NY.- Two versions of Ansel Adams’s iconic image of “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”, 1941, sold to collectors at Swann Galleries‘ auction of Photographic Literature & Fine Photographs on December 8. A very rare vintage print created in 1948 that was signed and inscribed by Adams to Valentino Sarra, a photographer and W.P.A. poster designer and friend of Adams, sold for $360,000. It was one of only approximately 10 vintage prints Adams rendered with a delicate tonal quality. The other version of the image, printed in the 1960s, showed greater contrast and a dramatically dark sky. It brought