Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Roald Dahl photographs

Photographs taken by children's author Roald Dahl (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach) have sold for more than £84,000 at Christie's.
From the Bucks Free Press:

Duncan McEuen, auctioneer, said it was a wonderful afternoon and a great honour to be involved with such a fascinating collection.

He added: "The sale was 100 per cent sold, with many photographs exceeding their pre-sale estimates. It was a wonderful tribute to one of Britain's most loved writers."

More than 40 photographs, fresh details of the author's life and times, and artwork from friends Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe were all up for grabs.

The proceeds will help fund the Roald Dahl Museum and new Story Centre . 2005 is going to be the year of Dahl.

Dahl's widow, Liccy, was particularly taken with the photographs which cast fresh light on Dahl's wartime experiences. She said: "I found those images particularly moving. They give an insight into what he went through in the war."

Images of some of the photos are available at the BBC site, including a lovely one of Dahl's first wife, actress Patricia Neal and some of their children.
From the BBC article:
As a young boy, he developed a passion for photography which continued throughout his life.

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