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Oxfam shop photos of Argentina sold for £14,000

Photo from 19th Century album of Argentina
Image caption The pictures were taken by French-born photographer Esteban Gonnet

Old photographs left in a Tyneside Oxfam shop have raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

Two 19th Century albums, containing images of Argentina, were discovered by a volunteer at the branch in Jesmond, Newcastle.

The pictures, taken by French photographer Esteban Gonnet, were sold at auction in London to an anonymous bidder for £14,000.

The amount was higher than the estimate price of between £3,000 and £5,000.

Gonnet was born in France in 1830 and emigrated to Argentina when he was about 30.

Originally a surveyor, he began to devote himself to photography when he arrived in Buenos Aires.

An Oxfam spokesman said: "Many of our shops have experts who give up their time to volunteer and can spot possibly valuable items.

"We also have a team of experts so if something looks valuable it can be sent to them for research."

He added: "This amount of money could buy safe water for 15,500 people or 560 goats to help families in developing countries."

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