A collection of rare photographs taken in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire in addition to several from before the earthquake are going up for auction on February 14 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. The auction is titled "Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks," and as the Chronicle reported earlier, the primary lot relating to Great Earthquake (#268) consists of a single photo album containing 265 photographs that is expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000.
Some of the photos were taken by well known local photographer T.E. Hecht, while others were popularly reproduced images by Pillsbury Picture Company, the outfit started by former Examiner photographer Arthur C. Pillsbury, who was living in Oakland when the earthquake struck and quickly ferried over to shoot images of the destruction and the subsequent fire. Per the Chron, "He sold prints of his earthquake photos and used the funds to buy a studio in Yosemite... [becoming] the West Coast's largest postcard distributor."
The slideshow here begins with several pre-earthquake images, however. The first, a stunning 8x12 albumen print from 1868 by photographer Carleton E. Watkins, depicts the view of the Bay and the Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill. It's available as its own lot, and is expected to fetch upwards of $10,000. Another fun one not in this slideshow, but you can see it here, is a 1947 photograph of a San Francisco woman in a veil, sitting on a park bench, taken by Lisette Model and signed by her. That's expected to sell for $5,000 to $7,500.