Che Guevara fishing photo reels in £6.6k


2015-06-26 11:54:38


Che Guevara fishing photo reels in 6.6k

We've all seen this iconic Guevara image. Now another has sold... with him holding a fishing rod

For years Che Guevara's iconic image has graced the front of t-shirts and students' bedroom walls, but now an image of him relaxing with a fishing rod has sold for six figures at auction.

Itsold with a collection of photographs taken and signed by Alberto Korda, Fidel Castro's personal photographer, in the '60s and '70s.

Featuring Che Guevara relaxing with a fishing rod sometime in the 1960s, the silver print on fibre paper is one of only 50 produced, numbered 0001/50, and signed and dated by Korda in 1978.

Che Guevara fishing in the 1960s, sold for 6,600

Cropped and enlarged from a larger better known photograph, it shows the back of Fidel Castro's head. Castro is reportedly seated to his left.

Above an estimate of 1,500-2,000, it sold for 6,600.

Other highlights in the sale included Fidel Castro and Camilo Cienfuegos entering Havana on January 8, 1959, sold for 4,000, Castro and Ernest Hemingway shaking hands, sold for 2,300.

Korda was Fidel Castro's personal photographer for 10 years before moving on to underwater photography in the late-1970s. He died of a heart attack in 2001, while presenting an exhibition of his work.

Image: Dominic Winter

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