A photo of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fishing has gone under the hammer for u00a33,600, the most paid for a single photo in an auction of Alberto Korda photographs held yesterday.


Picture credit: Alberto Korda, courtesy of Dominic Winter

The rare image of the former Cuban leader with the iconic revolutionary was captured off the shores of Havana in May 1960.

The 14.25×16.25in gelatin silver print fetched £4,300 including buyer’s premium.

Two years ago, a print of the same image bowed out for £6,600 (hammer price).

The photo was among 55 vintage images from a collection belonging to the photographer’s daughter, Norka Korda.

However, 10 of the 30 lots failed to sell at the time of yesterday’s sale, leaving the Gloucestershire auctioneers, Dominic Winter, initially disappointed.

Auctioneer Chris Albury has since told Amateur Photographer that he hopes to sell more of the photos over the next few days, including a portrait of a girl with a wooden doll, said to be Korda’s favourite image.

In total, the archive raised £33,000 including buyers’ premium.

Alberto Korda died in 2001.