An archive of lost newspaper photos discovered by soldiers during Northern Ireland’s troubles have sold at auction for more than £1,000.
The 68 plate glass negatives from the 1930s, salvaged from an empty house wrecked by a bomb in Derry, were believed to be part of the archive of the Derry Standard, a weekly newspaper that closed in 1966.
It was estimated they would fetch between £250 and £300 at auction, but went under the hammer on Tuesday and were sold to a collector from the West Midlands for £1,020.
As previously reported on HTFP, British soldiers discovered the images under the floorboards of a house in Derry’s Waterside in 1969.
The negatives document life in Derry and the North-West of Ireland, and feature parades, dances, and sporting activities.
Auctioneer Paul Cooper, of CJM Asset Management in England, described the collection as a “quite stunning record of the people and places and life in the city more than eighty years ago”.