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Circa Early 1900s J. P. Morgan Signed Original Photograph
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $587.50
Original professional studio portrait signed by John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), American financier. The formal studio photograph, taken by Pach Brothers, captures Morgan during his later years and has been personally inscribed to his nephew in black fountain pen: "For Luke, from Uncle Pierpont." The inscription has been boldly penned, grading "9," with contrast slightly muted due to the dark background of his jacket. The photograph, which displays flawless clarity and contrast, pictures Morgan staring intently, almost defiantly, into the camera, portraying the look of a man who could turn any desire into reality. While many men may falsely entertain such airs, Morgan's countenance was certainly true to his nature. At the time this photo was taken (circa early 1900s) Morgan was probably the wealthiest and most powerful man alive. His vast business empire included U.S. Steel (the first billion-dollar corporation in the world), railroads, banks, shipping lines, insurance companies, mining interests, and communication systems. His wealth was so great that he even provided financial support for the U.S. Government during the 1895 gold crisis. Though he was often harshly criticized for his business practices, his philanthropy was measured in the millions of dollars. Upon his death he bequeathed the bulk of his substantial art holdings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Today, his former home in New York City is itself a museum, housing one of the world's most important collections of rare books and manuscripts. The oval visual portion of the photo (8 x 10.5 inches) remains in Near Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 18 x 20.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $587.50
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