South East Wales

Iconic miners photo to be auctioned at Sotheby's

Eugene Smith's Three Generations of Miners photograph Image copyright Eugene Smith / MAGNUM PHOTOS
Image caption The copy on sale in New York is expected to fetch about £4,000 to £6,000

An iconic image of three south Wales miners will be put up for auction at Sotheby's in New York.

Three Generations of Welsh Miners was taken in Coed Ely in Rhondda Cynon Taf by American photojournalist William Eugene Smith in the 1950s.

Life magazine had sent Smith to south Wales to cover Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee's election campaign.

The copy on sale in New York will be auctioned on 1 April and is expected to fetch about £4,000 to £6,000.

In 2010, one of the miners in the photograph, Vernon Harding, who was then 22 years old and is now 86, viewed the photograph at the National Museum Cardiff.

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