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Ultra Rare and Exceptional 1878 "Work on the Statue of Liberty" Carte de Visite Signed by Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi - Full JSA LOA

Lot Number 1639

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Lady Liberty is the most famous, most iconic statue on the planet. It's also our country's single greatest national symbol, eclipsing even the Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore and the bald eagle. Back in 1870, however, "Liberty Enlightening the World" was only a concept on the mind and sketchpad of French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who sought to commemorate America's recent abolition of slavery in time for the 1876 U.S. Centennial. Ultimately, the new-fangled technology of photography would play a key role in Bartholdi's monumental success, because the sale of work-in-progress souvenir CDVs such as this served to raise the necessary funds for completion. (For more info, see "How Photography Helped Build the Statue of Liberty.") One might think therefore that autographed examples would abound, but lo and behold, we have only seen one other reach the auction block. Presented here is the second known Bartholdi signed CDV depicting the Statue of Liberty under construction. Noted photographer Pierre Petit produced the photographic illustration, which measures 3.5" x 5.5", carries the title "Travaux de la Statue de la Liberté" and features Bartholdi up on the scaffolding. The sculptor's signature is as bold and beautiful as Lady Liberty herself. Full LOA from JSA.

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