Charles Dickens Autograph on His Carte De Visite Sells for $10,252 at NateDSanders.com
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Charles Dickens Autograph
A Charles Dickens autograph is not rare but it is one of the more heavily in demand signatures in the literary world. Here at NateDSanders.com Auctions, we have sold a few Charles Dickens autograph examples. Here they are with descriptions, pictures and prices realized:
Very scarce carte-de-visite photograph of Charles Dickens with his Charles Dickens autograph upon the lower margin with his usual paraph emphasizing the signature, and again signed upon the verso. Photograph, circa early 1860’s shortly after the publication of “Great Expectations,” is by the photography studio of John & Charles Watkins, with the backstamp showing their 34 Parliament Street address. Photograph captures a somewhat disheveled Dickens in a contrast of both casual and formal attire, standing by an ornate table. It was during Dickens’ lifetime that photography became accessible to most people, although the ability to sign a photograph, such as this, wasn’t available until the invention of the carte-de-visite printed upon paper. The CDV format became popular during the 1860’s, just years before Dickens’ death in 1870. As a result, this signed photograph by Dickens came at a brief intersection of the author’s life and growing photo technology, making it very scarce. CDV measures 2.5″ x 4″. In very good condition with light soiling. Dark Charles Dickens autograph. Sold for $10,251.86.