Lot 234: Extremely rare 5.75 x 9.75 cabinet card–style bust portrait of Franz Ferdinand in military uniform, nicely signed in the lower right in black ink with his name and rank, "Franz Obrst Lt," adding the place and date, "Enns 8/7 84," to the lower left. Published by Adele of Vienna. Scattered soiling (primarily to the left side of the image), otherwise fine condition. In the summer of 1884, Ferdinand was just 20 years old and found himself stationed in Enns as a lieutenant in the Dragoons. He disliked the experience and was bored with the city, but he found military life to be better after being promoted to major and moving to Prague in 1888. An exceptionally desirable signed photo of this historically important figure, and quite possibly the earliest known example.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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