Che Guevara fishing photo reels in £6.6k

For years Che Guevara's iconic image has graced the front of t-shirts and students' bedroom walls, but now an image of him relaxing with a fishing rod has sold for six figures at auction.

It sold with a collection of photographs taken and signed by Alberto Korda, Fidel Castro's personal photographer, in the '60s and '70s.

Featuring Che Guevara relaxing with a fishing rod sometime in the 1960s, the silver print on fibre paper is one of only 50 produced, numbered 0001/50, and signed and dated by Korda in 1978.


Che Guevara fishing in the 1960s, sold for �6,600

Cropped and enlarged from a larger better known photograph, it shows the back of Fidel Castro's head. Castro is reportedly seated to his left.

Above an estimate of �1,500-2,000, it sold for �6,600.

Other highlights in the sale included Fidel Castro and Camilo Cienfuegos entering Havana on January 8, 1959, sold for �4,000, Castro and Ernest Hemingway shaking hands, sold for �2,300.

Korda was Fidel Castro's personal photographer for 10 years before moving on to underwater photography in the late-1970s. He died of a heart attack in 2001, while presenting an exhibition of his work.

 

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