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Lot # 24: 1931 "Willie Ruge Photographs First Parachute Jump", Rare and Famous Photograph

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "January Collectors Auction 2024",
which ran from 12/30/2023 10:00 AM to
1/13/2024 8:00 PM



The 1931 series of photographs done by Willie Ruge as he jumped from an airplane in a parachute and photographed himself during the jump are some of the most sought after of the 20th century. The first "action selfies" are coveted by both historians and art collectors with only a few examples known, each of which sells for $30,000-$50,000. This is an extreme rarity from the series and shows the pilot of Ruge's plane at the moment he yelled "jump" to the daredevil photographer. This is the only example from the famous Ruge photographic series we have ever seen and it is being offered here for the first time ever, fresh out of the archives of Underwood and Underwood. A work of important photo art that could be hanging in a museum or gallery and in great shape overall!

Size: 6.5x8.5
Designation: Vintage 1(b)
Condition: 4.5/5
Quality: 4.5/5
Overall Grade: 9/10

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