8 December 2015
FERDINAND, FRANZ, Archduke of Austria (1863-1914). Photograph signed ("Erzherzog Ferdinand"), n.p., n.d. [circa 1885]. 175 x 118 mm. (6 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.), minor spotting, rubbing to verso. A shoulder-length portrait, signed on the lower portion of the image. Very rare.
His assassination (June 28, 1914) by Serbians in a political plot at Sarajevo, Bosnia, was the immediate cause of World War I.
Provenance: The Cornelius Greenway Collection (sale, Part I, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 20 November 1970, lot 86). Marans Collection, Chrisrtie's 17 April, 1996, lot 136.
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