Lot 328: Rare group of four exceptional candid photographs taken while working at the tomb of Tutankhamun, 3.5 x 5.5 and 5.5 x 3.5, each captioned and dated in pencil on the reverse in Carter's hand, with his annotations reading: "Clearing Entrance of Tomb, Jan 23rd, 1925"; "Examining pall, Jan 25, 1925"; "Showing the gold stick, Jan 25, 1925"; and "Leaving tomb after handing over, Jan 25, 1925." Carter himself appears in two of the images. In overall fine condition, with a small edge tear, slight surface rubbing, and an affixed numerical label to the reverse of one photo. These important dates and images correspond with entries found in Carter's journals, now held at Oxford's Griffith Institute. For example, on January 23, Carter recorded, 'Baraize began clearing the entrance of the Tomb at 11.15 am and completed it at 4 pm.' On the 25th, he wrote, 'The Tomb of Tutankhamun, the laboratory and magazine together with the keys were handed over to me this morning by the Government Commission...Everything was found to be in order, with the exception of the pall which was ruined, it having been left out in the open exposed to the summer heat and wind.' Depicting noteworthy events from Carter's return to the tomb after a yearlong absence, these photographs are of the utmost historical interest.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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