A daguerreotype of John D Rockefeller is expected to make in excess of $100,000 when it crosses the block at Goldin Auctions in New Jersey on May 9.
Rockefeller was the richest person of all time. When his wealth (mainly acquired from petroleum) is adjusted for interest, it stands at a staggering $336bn.
This portrait shows Rockefeller as a gawky teenager and was taken during the mid 1850s. It has undergone extensive 2D and 3D analysis to ensure correct identification.
Goldins comments: "It is a very rare opportunity to acquire an item this intimate to one of the greatest businessmen and philanthropists America has ever known and Goldin Auctions is honored to offer such an important piece of history relating to the man who played a key role in making America the industrial admiration of all the world�Ǫ
"Early images of renowned personalities are finding tremendous favor among collectors. This was evidenced in 2011 when an image of Billy the Kid, dated 1879-1880, sold at auction for $2.3 million."
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