Two of the four rare photos taken by New Zealand’s first female photographer are set to return to her family following this morning’s auction in the UK.
A bidding war broke out over fourteen images sold at auction in the UK this morning, many for three-four times their estimated price.
But most were sold to overseas buyers. The entire collection went for $39,000.
The images taken by Elizabeth Pullman of North Island Maori in the 1800s were purchased by her great-great granddaughter.
Rebecca Stark and her father Paul Blackman each purchased a piece after hearing about the auction through ONE News.
Ms Stark bought a piece named ‘Tekoa’ and her father ‘The Three Guides’.
She said they’ve always had photos of Elizabeth herself but never any of her original work and are absolutely delighted.
“Just so chuffed when it worked out, all the family have always wanted was to have them returned,” she said.
Two of her images garnered high prices, an image of two wahine was sold for $4300 followed by this image of a warrior which sold for around $3700.
The items were sold by auction house Trevanion and Dean.