Thursday 27 July 2017

Rare 1860s photo of abolitionist Harriet Tubman sells for £130,000

The photograph of 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman sold at auction in New York (Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries via AP)
The photograph of 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman sold at auction in New York (Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries via AP)

A rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been sold at a New York City auction for 162,500 US dollars (£130,000).

Swann Galleries said the late 1860s image sold for a hammer price of 130,000 dollars (£104,000), plus a 32,500 dollar (£26,000) auctioneer fee.

The auction also included books, other printed materials and photos from the slavery and abolition eras.

The name of the winning phone bidder has not been released.

The Tubman photo shows her seated on a chair and was taken in Auburn in central New York in 1868 or 1869.

Maryland-born Tubman led escaped slaves to freedom before and during the American Civil War.

She settled in Auburn after the war and is buried there.

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