October 8, 1999 Vintage Photographs, How High Can the Photo Market Go? is the question asked by Wall Street Journal reporter, Nancy Ann Jeffrey. "This week, art galleries and auction houses-including Christies, Swann, Sotheby's and Phillips-asked photography collectors to open their wallets wider than they ever had before. More than 2,000 pictures with a value of about $10 million went on sale. ... one classic 1920s work by photographer Charles Sheeler brought $607,500, the highest price ever paid for a single photograph at auction."

Since 1990 the photo market  "emerged as the hot area for new, young collectors because of its aesthetic accessibility and reasonable prices."  As the market matures collectors have begun to place greater importance on vintage photographs because of the abundance of reproductions in newer images.

Earliest photographs did not involve negatives and therefore are not easily reproduced. These one of a kind images are generally referred to as tintypes. The production of these images involved direct exposure of photographic images to a plate of chemically treated metal. 

Ironically, earlier Daguerreotypes and Tintypes have not enjoyed the boom experienced by images reproduced from negatives. These mid 19th century images often sell for under $200. Recently Lafayette Schoolhouse received an outstanding collection priced from $100.

Just arrived at our Lafayette Schoolhouse is a collection of Daguerreotypes and Tintypes priced from $100 to $365. Below: 4.5" Tintype "Family" with plate metal and red velvet case, $100.00. To see more search under photo in myantiquemall inventory list.