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    W. Eugene Smith (American, 1918-1978)
    A Sleep of Prisoners, 1951
    Gelatin silver
    8-3/8 x 13-1/2 inches (21.3 x 34.3 cm)
    Signed with a stylus in the image.

    Among the approximately 5,500 prints left by Smith at the time of his death, this was the only print of this image and is possibly unique.

    Life magazine, November 12, 1951, pp. 73-77, A Play for Churches, where this photograph is captioned "Held back by an invisible force, Adam (CPL. Adams) is unable to stop Cain from killing Abel as the voice of God (right) calls out, 'Cain, where is your brother?'"

    Condition Report*: Sight silver mirroring to the edges of the print. Hairline scratches in Adams face and near Smith's signature only visible in racking light.  In overall very good condition. Dry-mounted to board and matted to 16 x 20 inches.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2017
    11th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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