Photographs are made for a variety of reasons, and after production can be appreciated in a variety of ways, but chiefly as either art or artefact. In regards to the latter appreciation, original prints – of famous people or important events – create enhanced value. At the top end are photographs whose contents are of the utmost importance, combining striking composition and displaying great print quality. The maker of the photograph is often unknown, and if made by a photographer of no esteem, then it is irrelevant to the price of the photograph. The price of a photograph relies on a number of factors, but essentially it is always in relation to its own intrinsic significance.

This photograph, featuring noted 20th century socialite Wallis Simpson during her time in China, coupled with the novelty of the setting, invites interest from institutions and individual collectors. This photograph was formerly the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and purchased at Sotheby’s famous auction of their estate in the autumn of 1997.

PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN

Mrs. Wallis Simpson, Peking

January 13, 1925

Price:  $400 USD  stutus dot

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Gelatin silver print

5 ½ x 8 inch

Stephen Bulger Gallery

About this artwork…
Mounted to 9 x 11 inch period board

Titled and dated, in pencil, with Sotheby's label adhered (September 1997), au mount verso

Printed in 1925

[ SBG-PU-2-0198-C ]

Unframed

Photographs are made for a variety of reasons, and after production can be appreciated in a variety of ways, but chiefly as either art or artefact. In regards to the latter appreciation, original prints – of famous people or important events – create enhanced value. At the top end are photographs whose contents are of the utmost importance, combining striking composition and displaying great print quality. The maker of the photograph is often unknown, and if made by a photographer of no esteem, then it is irrelevant to the price of the photograph. The price of a photograph relies on a number of factors, but essentially it is always in relation to its own intrinsic significance.

This photograph, featuring noted 20th century socialite Wallis Simpson during her time in China, coupled with the novelty of the setting, invites interest from institutions and individual collectors. This photograph was formerly the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and purchased at Sotheby’s famous auction of their estate in the autumn of 1997.

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