• Short Summary

    One of the world's biggest and best known photographic libraries, Fox Photos, is to be sold by tender by Sotheby's auctioneering firm of London.

  • Description

    One of the world's biggest and best known photographic libraries, Fox Photos, is to be sold by tender by Sotheby's auctioneering firm of London.

    SYNOPSIS: With it goes all the copyrights and reproduction rights to the photographs, some of which were taken before the First World War. Here, the Sotheby's photographic expert, Nicola Redway inspects part of the huge collection of photographs of the British royal family. Sotheby's are selling by tender, because the material fills several rooms and could not be shown in the usual way for auction.

    Billy Holiest, aged 70, has been a photographer with Fox for the past 42 years, and was one of the few photographers to capture this historic picture of Neville Chamberlain on the return from his notorious talks with Hitler before the outbreak of World War Two. This picture of Jayne Mansfield, Holiest took it in 1059, and Fox then were reluctant to release it.

    The archives will be sold in two parts -- colour and black and white. The remarkable colour section of 54,000 transparencies was started in 1939. Fox was one of the first press agencies to use colour regularly.

    There are about 17,500 negatives of the Royal Family, alone dating back to 1910. These include rare studies of the family, like this one of the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, taken in 1937.

    Altogether there are more than half a million black and white negative,s and 800,000 prints. The number of subjects covered are enormous.

    Comparisons between this picture of Oxford Circus, taken in 1928, when traffic jams were not uncommon, and a more recent picture, are interesting.

    On a sunny Sunday in 1910 Londoners lazed on the banks of the Thames in front of Whitehall, where the cenotaph and Victoria embankment now appear to change even the character of the building.

    Even Sotheby's are not sure who the buyer of the archives will be. But they are sure they contain "considerable treasures", like this picture of a policeman chasing naked boys in Hyde Park in 1920.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF4DKFEVG705XTNPQ1DAY8Z3IB
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4DKFEVG705XTNPQ1DAY8Z3IB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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