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1860s photo album of early LDS Church leaders sells at auction; master plan of Salt Lake going on sale Dec. 14

SHARE 1860s photo album of early LDS Church leaders sells at auction; master plan of Salt Lake going on sale Dec. 14

An 1860s photo album featuring several early leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Saturday for $35,000. Apostle Ezra T. Benson’s presentation gold pocket watch from 1856 also sold at the same auction for $20,000.

Both items were unique to Heritage Auctions, so there was no precedent of what they were expected to sell for prior to the auction.

The photo album included 100 photos, 61 of which were either early church leaders or photos of Salt Lake City, while other photos included one of Kit Harrington and several Ute Indians who lived in the area.

The gold pocket watch was given to Elder Ezra T. Benson, an early member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and great-grandfather of LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson, while he was on a mission in England in 1856.

Up for auction at Christie’s Auction House in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 14, is an early master plan of Salt Lake City, drafted by Henry Sherwood and Orson Pratt on the order of Brigham Young in 1847.

Representatives from Christie’s told the Deseret News in an email that they are confident that the map is authentic and that the present owner consulted with numerous scholars.

The map was drafted on thick, flexible sheepskin using ink and is attached to a wooden roller. It will be on display at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries from Dec. 9-13 before going up for auction on Dec. 14.

More information about the map can be found at christies.com.