Thursday, November 20, 2008

Philatelic Camera Sold at Auction reports the camera used to photograph Britain's Queen Elizabeth for postage stamps has been sold at auction.

The Hasselblad 503CX was used to picture the queen at her London residence Buckingham Palace on 22 June 1966, and was sold for £1,600 in Norfolk, England.

One of the pictures taken by Professor John Hedgecoe was used by renowned sculptor Arnold Machin to make a plaster cast. Hedgecoe then photographed the cast with the camera, and the image was used on billions of stamps.

According to the article, "In 2001, Hedgecoe won undisclosed damages and an apology from the Royal Mail after they claimed he had nothing to do with the stamp picture, insisting it was actually the work of Lord Snowdon."

Royal Mail later admitted Hedgecoe was "entitled to his full share of credit" for the image.

Shown above, a camera similiar to the one that used to take Queen Elizabeth's portrait.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM