THE BIDDING HAS BEGUN for the Legendary September 29–30 Auction of Exceptional Sports & Americana Photography. This all-photograph auction includes the Detroit News and Sport Magazine archives, as well as photos by Charles Conlon, Barney Stein and Ansel Adams. SPECIAL SHIPPING CHARGES FOR THIS AUCTION—ALL ORDERS ONLY $9! For this auction, no matter the size of your order, you will pay only $9 for shipping and handling. Your order will still be sent via FedEx, have tracking information, be fully insured, and be professionally packed for safe arrival—the only difference is the low cost! You could purchase hundreds of photos—even half the auction—the cost will still be $9!
One of the hobby’s high-end collectors has chosen Legendary Auctions to exclusively conduct the sale of more than 3 million incredible images of Sports and Americana. The extraordinary collection of photographs spans numerous decades, and includes significant figures from various sports, poignant scenes from the turn of the century, entertainment icons, and other notable individuals and events in history, including the Civil Rights movement. The auction will close on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30.
While some attribute the appeal of collecting photography to nostalgia, Allen suspects that a much more contemporary trend may be at play: “We live in such a visual age, with an insistence on immediacy. The need to ‘see’ instantly is paramount to how we work and enjoy our leisure time. Vintage photographs satisfy a collector’s desire to peer directly into the subject’s past. It’s the immediate pay-off that is so in line with how we live today.”
According to Allen, the origins of the tremendous photo collection include several major media print archives. Consequently, the collection includes numerous wire photos and frames that capture significant historical moments. “Buyers will be blown away by the quality and content of these photos,” says Allen.
The first auction featuring the photographs will include famous images from the archives of the Detroit News and Sport Magazine, as well as scenes captured by noted photographers Charles Conlon, Barney Stein and Ansel Adams.
Allen points out that what is most exciting about the photographs is the diversity of their subjects. “In one group you’ll find icons of baseball, in another pile there are stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. And then you’ll turn over another photo and it is the frame that captured the moment right after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on the balcony of the motel in Memphis. Collectively, the photos really are the proverbial ‘snapshot’ of the American experience.”
With such a diversity of subject matter evident in the photos’ content, Allen expects there to be widespread interest in the photography auctions. “Realistically, no matter what someone collects, there is bound to be a pertinent photo in this September sale,” he notes. “The sheer number of great photos available almost guarantees it.”