Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

On May 16, 2012 at 6:00pm, an important rare photograph collection of Cuban Revolutionaries will be offered at auction by Kaminski Auctions.

The Kaminski Auctions Inaugural Photography Sale will feature dozens of rare and historic photos but the ones most interesting to us are the photos from the Cuban Revolution featuring Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Camilio Cienfuegos and others including interesting photos of events during that time.

The auction will be held at 117 Elliott Street in Beverly,Massachusetts and online at Live Auctioneers.

Most of the photos are from the collection of Argentina Estevez.

Lot # - Title - Description - Lower Estimate - Higher Estimate

#9077 Photograph of Cienfuegos and Estevez Photograph of Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos, second in command under Fidel Castro during the Revolution of Cuba,  with girlfriend and lover Argentina Estevez , inscribed verso “Foto Rafael Gonzalez”, “Para Argentina de Camilo Cienfuegos”, 7 1/2"h x 4 1/2"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $300 to $500.

#9078 Photograph of Last Party at Bacardi Building Photograph of last party at Bacardi Building before Communists intervened, includes: Argentina Estevez with body guards and friends, Bacardi Company representatives, dated verso “1959”, 8"h x 10"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $200 to $400.

#9079 Photograph of Castro and Child Photograph of Fidel Castro being lectured by a small child, stamped verso “Foto de Studios Korda”, 8"h x 10"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $200 to $400. 

#9080 Photograph of the Castro Family Photograph of the Castro family, including: Raul Castro and wife Vilma Espin, and paternal grandparents, taken at the Bairan House, mounted on board, 6 1/4"h x 8 1/2"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez.  $200 to $300. 

#9081 Photograph of Menendez Photograph of Ramiro Valdes Menendez, Valdés fought alongside Fidel Castro at the attack on the Moncada barracks in 1953 and was a founding member of the 26th of July Movement, 5"h x 7 1/2"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $150 to $250.

9082 2 Photographs of Cuban Land Reform Movement Two photographs of Reforma Agraria the land reform movement following the Cuban Revolution, carried out by The National Institute for Agrarian Reform beginning in 1959, both inscribed verso “Santa Clara 1959”, 4 1/4"h x 3"w. $100 to $200.

#9083 Photograph of Castro Photograph of Fidel Castro in a suit and tie, stamped verso “St. Maranjo”, 10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $100 to $200.

#9084 Photograph of Castro Giving a Speech Photograph of Fidel Castro giving a speech, 10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $100 to $200.

#9085 Photograph of Estevez and The Association of Young Rebels Photograph of Argentina Estevez and the Association of Young Rebels, inscribed verso “Brigada de Primaros Auxilios’ de la Asociacion de jovenes rebeldes”, “Base ‘Frank Pais’ Playa Guanabo - Habana, Junio 1961”, 5"h x 7"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $150 to $250.

#9086 Photograph of Guevara Photograph of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, stamped verso “Sergio Diaz Prieto”, 10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $200 to $250.

#9087 Photograph of Estevez and Cienfuegos’ Bodyguards Photograph of Argentina Estevez and the bodyguards of Commandant Cienfuegos readying to leave the country after his disappearance, dated verso “Mayo de 1959”, 10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $200 to $300.

#9088 2 Photographs of Castro Two photographs of Fidel Castro eating a meal, note the Coca-Cola, and sitting on the hood of a car, 5"h x 7"w, 4 3/4"h x 3 1/2"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez.$150 to $200.

#9089 Photograph of Cienfuegos and Castro Photograph of Camilo Cienfuegos and Raul Castro, fourth in command, depicts amiable relationship between the two men, mounted on board, 8 1/2"h x 6 1/4"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $100 to $200.

#9090 Photograph of Castro Playing Baseball Photograph of Fidel Castro playing baseball, 10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez.$100 to $200.

#9091 Photograph of CMQ Television and Radio Company Photograph of Argentina Estevez, Esperanza Llaguno de Urrita, Abelardo Colome Ibarra (current General of Cuban Army), and Raul Castro Ruz, at the CMQ Television and Radio Company, mounted on board, circa 1961-62, 4 3/4"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez.$100 to $200.

#9092 Photograph of Castro in the Mountains Photograph of Fidel Castro in the mountains by St. Naranjo wearing a 26th of July arm band, inscribed verso “25 Enero 1959”, stamped “St. Naranjo”,10"h x 8"w. Originally owned by Argentina Estevez. $200 to $400.

#9115 Rare collection of Noval Photography Liborio Noval, (Cuban b. 1934), rare collection of 27 photographs including Che Guevara, individually dated and signed, Illford fibermat paper, 11"h x 14"w. $10,000 to $20,000.

#9118 Korda, “Guerrillero Heroico”, Photolighograh Alberto Korda, (Cuban 1928-2011), photolithograph, “Guerrillero Heroico” or “Heroic Warrior”, of Che Guevara, circa 1961, printed 1995, numbered “61/120”, 21 1/2"h x 18 1/2w, 27"h x 24"w (frame). $2,000 to $3,000. 

More Information

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at (978) 969-3315 or call Diane Riva at (978) 927-2223.

Kaminski Auctions located on the North Shore of Boston has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years, as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates. 

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850’s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street Kaminski Auctions hosts 16 auctions a year. 

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Descriptions of photographs were taken from auction lot descriptions from LiveAuctioneer.com and not modified by the author of this article. Havana Journal Inc suggests that interested bidders do their own research to ascertain accuracy of description, authenticity and value.