13 December 2015, during the 2015 French Regional elections, a small cased image popped up in a suburbian auction room: Sceaux.
With an estimation at 100 euros for a group of 4 daguerrian portraits, the auctioneer, Maitre Siboni, started lot 270 at 100 euros, as he knew there were two phones already, increasing 100 by 100. The bidding jumped suddenly to 5 000 euros, followed by 5 500, another jump to 10 000 followed by 11 000, another to 20 000 followed by 21 000 euros.
After the long race from 100 euros, one bidder on the phone stopped at 60.000 but someone started at that point for a couple of new bits. The lot reached 64 000 euros plus premium.
This image is 165 years old:
The daguerrian portrait is a small half-plate, 130×100 mm. It bears no stamp nor label. It has been open many years ago. A name has been added on the image with a dry point, at the limit of the oval frame, five six letters illegible, “Cr ? Gr ?.