Famous photos sell for £95,000 at auction

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PIONEERING Victorian photographs which boast an unexpected Cumbernauld connection have gone under the hammer at top London auction house Bonham’s for £95,000.

A collection of 38 images taken by Clementina Hawarden who grew up in Cumbernauld House now have a new owner, but it would not appear to be a private collector.

Francesca Spickernell who dealt with the sale said: ‘‘I’m afraid I can’t disclose who bought them I will say that the photos sold to an institution.’’

The photographs went for less than originally expected amidst speculation that a collector would be willing to pay as much as £150,000.

Clementina’s images, which were a favourite of Lewis Carroll, are atmospheric portraits of family, chiefly of her four daughters.

Sadly Clementina died aged 43 and her death was traced to the use of the chemicals she had used to develop the distinctive photographs.