Iconic Ansel Adams print going up for NYC auction

November 27, 2009 4:46:12 PM PST
An early print of an iconic Ansel Adams photograph is going up for auction in New York City for an estimated $350,000 to $450,000.

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.