Lot 407

C. 1948-1998 Little Bighorn Survivors Photograph

Estimate: $300 - $600

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$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Featured in this lot is this signed gelatin silver photograph of “Reunion of Survivors Battle of the Little Bighorn Held at State Game Lodge, Custer State Park” by Bill Groethe. This is a 1998 gelatin silver of the original copies of the photograph taken in 1948. The reunion took place on September 2, 1948. The group photograph shows eight Native Americans ranging in age from 85 to nearly 100 who were present during the battle, also known as the Battle of Greasy Grass. A ninth man present that day was Ben Black Elk, Sr. who was blind and chose not to participate in the group photograph, but allowed Groethe to take his individual photograph. Those pictured in this photograph are Little Warrior, Pemmican, Little Soldier, Dewey Beard, John Sitting Bull, High Eagle, Iron Hawk, and Comes Again; half-brothers Little Soldier and John Sitting Bull were the sons of legendary Lakota leader Sitting Bull. Bill Groethe was the official photographer for the event. The glass negatives were lost for many years. They were later discovered and photographs were made using the original glass negatives. One hundred sets were made and became available for purchase. Groethe sold autographed copies from his store First Photo in Rapid City, South Dakota up until its closing in 2020. The condition of this gelatin silver photograph is good, with slight foxing, no other marring noted. The measurements of this gelatin silver photograph are 14"L x 11"W.