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At their third photographica sale on
April 23, the earliest piece of equipment was this J.J. Atkinson 1850s brass lens board, right.The 25 lenses would permit a multiple exposure of 450 images on a single plate, but the auctioneers could find no reference to a British camera with this capability, even though Atkinson was a Liverpool maker.

Auctioneer Daniel Goddard thinks it possible that Atkinson was supplied by a Frenchman, Dagron, who made the all-brass 25 lens Microphotographic, camera during the 1850s. Estimated at £1000-2000, the lens board sold to a collector at £3300.

Top price of the sale went to an 1860/70s album of 84 albumen prints of the Orient which sold at £6800. The album contained unrecorded images and four
panoramas of Hong Kong and Macau worth several hundred pounds each. Elsewhere a Stroud and Rendell lantern of ‘Universal and Scientific’ type fetched £2600 and a Biunial magic lantern sold at £2300.

At the lower end there were some startling images, including a ‘carte-de-visite’ of beheaded Greek bandits, dated 1870, which made £200, and another of the Wild West gang, the Younger Brothers, who
rode with Jesse James to the infamous Northfield robbery in 1876, which sold at just £30.