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Buffalo Bill Cody Signed and Inscribed Large Format Photograph, by Hemment

Silver gelatin photograph, 4.5 x 6.5 in., on 6.5 x 8.5 in. mount, showing Buffalo Bill mounted on horseback with fancy show tack, originally taken in Austria but later sold by Hemment Studios, Fulton St., New York, as indicated by blindstamp at lower left and handstamp on mount verso. Inscribed and signed by Cody in lower margin of photograph and mount, "To Leonard Cody Bell / W.F. Cody / 'Buffalo Bill' / 1907." 

Leonard Cody Bell was the son of William A. Bell, the owner of the company that did the Wild West's printing. The photograph was signed in 1907, which is the first season the show returned from four years touring and wintering in Europe. The young Bell served in the Wild West as a bugle boy and then performer before the show went bankrupt in 1912. 

Condition:

Image has lightened a bit, few spots. Some damage to mount, including few short tears along each of the edges. Some loss to mount as well. Some fading of ink, particularly in name "Leonard Cody Bell." Additional inked notation below Bell's name on mount, but difficult to discern. Cody's name and date still legible. 

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,375
11/15/2019

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