Rare Set of Type 1 Photographs of Pop Culture Icons to be Sold at Auction

Left to right: Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Walt Disney.

A cache of Type 1 photographs of pop culture icons are up for auction that includes pictures of Jackie Kennedy, Al Capone, Walt Disney, and many more.

Type 1 photographs — which are prints developed from the original negative within two years of being shot — are mostly associated with sports pictures where there is a thriving market.

But Goldin Auctions is selling off what it calls “one of the largest collections of non-sport Type 1 photos ever curated at a major auction house.”

Madonna debuting live in 1981. | George DuBose.
John F. Kennedy wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. | Frank Ataman
John Lennon
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968.

Among the images is a photo of a 23-year-old Madonna taken during her debut live performance by photographer George DuBose on October 19, 1981 — it’s called The Birth of the Queen of Pop.

In another image, two legends of the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe, meet for the first and only time in 1956.

Marilyn Monroe
A nervous Marilyn Monroe shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth of England, 1956. | Brown Brothers
Jimi Hendrix in 1968. | Jeff Mayer
Al Capone and his lawyers in 1931.
A 1994 photo of Tupac Shakur during a live performance.

“Pop culture Type 1 photos are no longer as overlooked or undervalued as they’ve been in the past,” says Khyber Oser, the Director of Vintage Memorabilia and Photography at Goldin.

“We hope this extraordinary collection helps bring them out of sports’ shadow and into the light.”

Elizabeth Taylor in 1955. | MGM
Michael Jackson in 1979. | Andy Freeberg
Charles and Diana
A 1987 photo of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Kurt Cobain performing live in 1989. | Ian Tilton

In August last year, PetaPixel reported on a Type 1 photo taken of Michael Jordan on his NBA debut that sold for $175,000 at auction — the most expensive photo of the basketball star ever sold.

Auctioneers believe these types of prints are undervalued and that the market is maturing.

Al Capone
Al Capone’s perp walk in 1931.
Bob Marley in 1973. | Michael Ochs
Frank Sinatra studio portrait in 1945. | MGM
Walt Disney with Disneyland Castle in 1955.
Jackie Kennedy
First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1961. | Mark Shaw

“True original Type I photos are still extremely undervalued when compared to other segments of collecting,“ says Henry Yee, Principal Authenticator of PSA Photo Authentication Services.

The images are being sold off as part of the 2024 January Pop Culture Elite Auction held by Goldin. The auction closes on February 17 and can be found here.