An original Ansel Adams photograph showing a San Francisco scene that hasn’t existed in nearly 85 years is hitting the auction block for the first time.

“The Golden Gate Before the Bridge” will go up for sale at Bonhams in New York on Monday. It depicts a wild and natural Golden Gate without its celebrated landmark spanning the picturesque coastlines of the Marin Headlands and the Presidio.

“This is the last glimpse of the Headlands before the bridge was built,” says Laura Paterson, Head of Photographs at Bonhams New York. “For people who aren’t photo buffs, it’s a wonderful, pure recollection of a period of time in San Francisco’s history when it was still quite a small place and at the edge of the American frontier. It’s an important historical document as well as a really beautiful fine art photograph.” read more SF Gate

Last Updated on September 30, 2019