Antique photographic equipment, gramophones and dolls fetched hundreds of pounds at Christie's auction rooms in London on Tuesday (15 October).
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GV and CU Magic lanterns and projectors(4 shots)
GV Man operates hand-wound movie camera
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GV and CU Musical doll "Girl Catching Butterfly"
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Background: Antique photographic equipment, gramophones and dolls fetched hundreds of pounds at Christie's auction rooms in London on Tuesday (15 October).
The Victorian photographic equipment ranged form still and hand-wound movie cameras to projectors and slide viewers. A "five station multiple stero viewer" -- a slide viewer with five viewing heads -- was sold for GBP 1,800 (about 3,800 U.S. dollars) -- among the highest bids in the photographic sale.
A spokesman for Christie's said the sale was not affected by the recent fall in art and antique prices, and attracted buyers from the recent fall in art and antique prices, and attracted buyers form Europe and the United States as well as form the United Kingdom.
The spokesman said interest in dolls has increased significantly recently and the 150 on sale all sold for high prices. The highest price was 750 guineas (GBP 787 sterling, about 1,600 U.S. dollars) for a smiling Parisienne doll.
Among the more unusual lots were an automated monkey doll and an automated musical doll. The monkey doll's eyes blinked while it drank from a bottle and smoked a cigarette. It sold for 400 guineas (GBP 420 starling, about 1000 U.S. dollars).
The musical doll turned its head from side to side while trying to catch a butterfuly of feathers suspended on a wire. It sold for 550 guineas (GBP 575 sterling, about 1400 U.S. dollars).
Among the gramophones and talking machines was an unusual chamber barrel organ of Gothic design, which sold for 660 guineas (GBP 630 sterling, about 1300 U.S. dollars).
SYNOPSIS: It was field day for people who remembered the days of cylinder wax records and their distinctive sound. The song -- She's a Lassy from Lancashire" -- by Florrie Ford, was played on a turn-of-th e-century Parlophone talking machine.