Iconic Ansel Adams print going up for NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) - November 27, 2009

The Dec. 8 sale of 1948's "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" is at Swann Auction Galleries.

The print is signed and inscribed to Valentino Sarra, a friend of Adams' and a poster designer for the old Works Progress Administration. It shows a nighttime moon over a cloud-fringed mountain range with a graveyard in the foreground.

It was made in a range of subtle grays, and the auction house says it's one of only 10 believed to carry such a delicate tonal quality. Three are in museum collections.

Adams experimented with printing, often producing the same image in lighter and darker tones.

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