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The July 9 sale at Grisebach in Berlin includes this early photographic view of Paris, taken in the 1850s by Gustave Le Gray, estimated at €10,000-15,000.

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From the iron bridge in the foreground, which was completed in 1834, the view encompasses the newly completed Palais des Tuileries, part of the Louvre, on the left, and reaches to the medieval city in the distance.

It has a guide of €10,000-15,000 at the auction on July 9.

One of the pioneers of French photography, Le Gray had a clear vision of the new medium, writing in 1852: “It is my deepest wish that photography, instead of falling within the domain of industry, of commerce, will be included among the arts.”

The carefully composed Pont du Carrousel, vue du Pont Royal, a 15 x 20in (38 x 57cm) gold-tinted contact print from a glass plate negative, was one of several Parisian views Le Gray created between 1857-59.

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