Vermont Man’s Vintage Snowflake Photos for Sale in New York City

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NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Vermont farmer Wilson A. Bentley was known as Snowflake Bentley for his pioneering 19th-century photography of more than 5,000 jewel-like snowflakes — no two alike. Bentley, also known as The Snowflake Man, was fascinated with snowflakes, and his observations and experimentation made him the first person to capture a single snowflake with a camera. Starting Thursday, 26 of his images are for sale at the four-day American Antiques Show presented by the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Ten of the images are of snowflakes, which he called snow crystals, and are priced at $4,800 each. The others show winter scenes. They are being offered by Carl Hammer, whose Chicago art gallery is showing 20 other Bentley photographs. “They’re remarkably beautiful,” Hammer said. “There are imperfections on the outer edges of the image itself and on the paper, but the images themselves are quite spectacular.”

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