VITTORIO SELLA K2 PHOTO

REAL SILVER GELATIN PRINT FROM SELLA'S NEGATIVE

VIEW OF THE ABRUZZI SPUR FROM THE V. SELLA COL

395mm High x 295 Wide

SIGNED BY MOST OF THE 1954 ITALIAN EXPEDITION TEAM


This is an original photograph (one made on photographic paper in a darkroom) from Vittorio Sella's original negative. The production of the photo was sanctioned by the Sella Institute which holds the rights to Sella's photography. The photo has the Institute's rubber ink stamp on the blank backside. The photo is part of a batch of the same image that was produced to commemorate the first ascent of K2. I recall reading somewhere that several hundred were produced. They are all presently quite scarce. The paper measures 395mm tall x 295mm. The photo image on the paper measures 327mm tall x 278mm. This is on the large size for a Sella photo since most were made as contact images being the same size as the very large negatives. This one has been signed by most of the team on the 1954 Italian K2 expedition that made the first ascent of the mountain: Walter Bonatti, Lino Lacedelli, Cirillo Floreanini, Ugo Angelino, Erich Abram, Pino Gallotti, Ubaldo Rey, Gino Solda, Sergio Viotto, Guido Pagani, Mario Fantin. It lacks Arditio Desio (he probably never signed any of these since he rarely signed items), Achille Compagnoni, and Mario Puchoz (who died on K2 during the expedition). Loosely included with this item is a smaller card that has been hand-signed (not printed) by Achille Compagnoni.

CONDITION: The photo is in good condition being clean without fading and with no tears or creases. The backside of the photo has staining where old backing paper had been wet and transferred some of its coloring. A small area of the outside right margin of the image side has some of the discoloration. There is a slight, faint bleed-through of the discoloration onto the image side of the photo near the middle (above the cloud shadows showing on the lower slopes of the mountain). It is almost undetectable except when inspecting the image very closely. The signatures on the photo are mostly strong except for those of Bonatti and Fantin which are faded. The signatures that I have seen on other examples of this photo have sometimes been very faded since the ink used in them is sensitive to light. Price: $1350.


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