I have asked to spread the word about an interesting auction coming up for a Mathew Brady Camera. Here is the email:
" After 31 years of being the custodian of Mathew Brady's Studio Wet-Plate Camera, I have decided to let another person or institution have the pleasure of owning 'the most important piece of photographic Americana' and 'a highly important Civil War / Lincoln artifact. It was used to take portraits of Lincoln and other notables in the Civil War period, and its provenance is unmatched: Meserve / Kunhardt collection, then at auction at Christie's in 1980, to me. Two owners in about 100 years. Serial number on lens matches that in Brady's bankruptcy filing, included with the lot. Most recently displayed at the 'Lincoln in New York' exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. Sale is Wednesday, November 30th at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. - James Garfinkel ".
Visit Heritage Auctions for info or to bid: http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6066&lotNo=38365