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Camilo Cienfuegos, Rare Original Photograph with Bonus Bank Note

Two items related to Cuban revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos (1932-1959), consisting of a vintage photograph of Cienfuegos, and a 1961 series Cuban bank note featuring Cienfuegos at center. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

The lot consists of:

1. A period silver gelatin photograph showing Cienfuegos dressed in in guerilla fatigues and trademark hat, produced by St. Naranjo, a Havana-based photographic studio specializing in pro-Cuban Revolution propaganda. Stamped "St. Naranjo / Reina 317 / Telf. W-9000" verso. Expected wear including some silver haloing around the edges. Isolated stains verso. Else very good to near fine. 4" x 6."

2. A 1961 series Cuban bank note featuring Cienfuegos's image at center recto. Serial number F 70 / 592014. Ernesto Che Guevara's facsimile signature appears in his capacity as President of the National Bank of Cuba. Pristine. 5.875" x 2.75."

Cienfuegos participated in the July 26th Movement that eventually ousted the U.S.-backed Fulgencio Batista regime from Cuba. Celebrated as a Founding Father, alongside revolutionaries like the Castro Brothers and Ernesto Che Guevara, Cienfuegos's popularity only increased posthumously. Cienfuegos was presumed dead after his plane disappeared during a night flight over the Straits of Florida in October 1959.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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