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Personally, I didn't think it would go for that much, but then again, I'm really bad at the "Antiques Roadshow guessing game". I think the price is also related to the fact that it's a set, was made early in Taliesin's history, and some experts out there think that some of the photos were taken by Wright.
I was somewhat surprised at the price, but then again, who else has one of these? It is only money to someone. I'm just glad I asked the seller for the digital files at home in my computer. I bring a different one up daily as my desktop!
BTW, why doesn't Taliesin or the other FLLW groups (Martin, TPI, etc) make more of these fascinating photos available to be seen? What are their existence/websites really for, if they don't attempt to share their wealth with the public?
For those who may not have already seen this article or heard the story behind the bidding on eBay for this Taliesin I photo album/journal, clink on the link below.
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/dulut ... 796198.htm
Research on them is certain, and maybe the photographer will come to light. They were taken in different seasons, but apparently by the same person considering the similarity and quality of the framed views. And why would a local end up with prints taken by a professional? Could Wright have assembled the portfolio, and then gave it away after the disaster?
Wright was known to have taken his camera out and about the valley before Taliesin was built. Who else had interest in so many photos of land he intended to acquire some day?
I think it's a time issue, and probably a photo repro rights issue. No one is sure who really has the rights right now and that can land a lot of little non-profits in a lot of hot water.
I think it's very possible that locals ended up w/something like this. It's a small town, and if you figure that the Dana house furniture was sitting out on the front sidewalk in 194-- and couldn't sell when it was priced for a quarter, it's totally conceivable. I even met a woman from Spring Green whose dad was a farmer and friendly with Wright. She told me that Wright designed their pighouse. And that is *not* in Storrer.