Lot #964
Chang and Eng Bunker Signed Photograph

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Estimate: $500+


World-famous conjoined twins (1811-1874) born in Siam (now Thailand) from which the phrase 'Siamese twins' is derived. They were discovered by a Scottish merchant and exhibited around the world as a curiosity and made their way to the United States, where they were occasionally promoted by P. T. Barnum but found him stingy. The inseparable brothers eventually left show business and bought a plantation together in North Carolina and joined in matrimonial union with the Yates sisters, with whom they fathered a total of twenty-one children. Uncommon 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker seated side-by-side, signed on the reverse in pencil, "Chang" and "Eng." In very good to fine condition, with some soiling and toning. Accompanied by an unsigned carte-de-visite photo of the pair with their wives and two of their sons.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Revolutionary War
  • Dates: #612 - Ended July 14, 2021

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