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.
SV INTERIOR Sotheby's photographic expert taking photographs from shelf, replaces box and walks away with pictures (3 shots)
CU Row of boxes containing photographs of royalty
SCU Photographer Billy Hayles looking at first photograph 37 years ago (2 shots)
CU Famous picture of Neville chamberlain holding document signed by himself and Hitler after their talks before the War
CU Hayles looking at photo of Jayne Mansfield--thought to be pornographic at the time (3 shots)
SV Sotheby's photo-graph examining pictures
CU ZOOM OUT Queen inspecting guard at Windsor Castle
SV Royal family ZOOM INTO the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret talking to officers
SV Fashions of the 1920's (3 shots)
GV ZOOM OUT Oxford Cirus in 1928, showing traffic jams
CU Picture showing Oxford Cirus today
SV ZOOM OUT SHOWING Whitehall, in 1910 and Whitehall with cenotaph today (2 shots)
GV Picture showing bathing belles of the 1900's
CU ZOOM OUT FROM naked boys being chased by policeman in Hyde Park in 1920.
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Background: 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.