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1881 Doc Holliday And Morgan Earp "Picnic" Tintype Photograph.

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Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 1373, Views: 4035

Eye appealing early tintype, showing Doc Holliday and Morgan Earp with family and a group of people, with good clarity and uncommon large size. The upper right of the photograph's back side is very faintly marked 4/24/81, which, if not added at a later date by coincidence would give cause for the pictured gathering being as April 24th was Morgan Earp's birthday. Accompanied by a stamped advertising envelope marked "Erwin Baer Photographer Prescott, AZ" in which the photo was found and an early page of the Sacramento Weekly Bee offering an account of the gunfight at O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881, the page itself dated three days later. Also included is a copy of forensic facial analysis done by Kent Gibson in 2018. Facial recognition strongly supports the likelihood that the picture does indeed show John Henry "Doc" Holliday, his common law wife Kate Horony, aka Big Nose Kate, and Morgan Earp. We believe Morgan’s wife, Louisa Earp, is also in the image. Although not mentioned in the forensic report the likelihood that she is sitting behind her husband in the photograph is very strong, given the identities of the other three people in the image. Other documented images of Louisa Earp, bear an almost exact resemblance to the woman in question. This is likely the only group image that Doc Holliday ever sat for that has been authenticated. This is also most likely one of his last photographs taken in adulthood before he died in 1887. At this stage in his life he was beginning to show the advanced stages of tuberculosis. Therefore, Doc would look markedly different in this image from his few documented younger photos. Doc’s tuberculosis started after he graduated from dental school in his early 20’s. As he progressed in age, until the end of his life at 36, his physical appearance changed drastically. He lost most of his hair, became increasingly grey, gaunt and sallow in appearance, and looks in this photograph nothing like his early images of a robust dark and strong man. We believe the piece to be authentic based on evidence provided by the consignor. Condition: (Very Good). Item Dimensions: Tintype: 3-1/2" x 5".

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Morphy Auctions
Title: Gold Rush, Western, & Native American – Las Vegas
Date of the auction: 12 Apr 2019
Address: Morphy Auctions
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PA 17517 Denver
United States
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