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  • Steve McCurry's first Afghan Girl photograph to auction on April 10
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    Paul Fraser
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Steve McCurry's first Afghan Girl photograph to auction on April 10

Afghan Girl with Hands on Face by Steve McCurry is valued at $75,000-100,000 ahead of Cavalier Auctions' April 10 sale in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The photograph is the first that McCurry took of Sharbat Gula, the girl with the piercing eyes who appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1984, and is numbered 14 of an edition of 30.

Steve McCurry Afghan Girl
This was the first photograph Steve McCurry took of Sharbat Gula

In 2012, an original print of that iconic National Geographic photograph, titled Afghan Girl, made $178,900 at Christie's New York - a new world record for a piece of work by the photographer.

Such is the popularity of the photograph that, in 2002, a team from the magazine travelled to Afghanistan in an attempt to track down Gula. Miraculously she was still alive in the mountains, having survived the decades of violence that have ravaged the region.  

Taj and Train, another photograph from McCurry, carries an estimate of $55,000-75,000.

It was taken in India in 1983 and is numbered four of an edition of 10. McCurry began his career as a photojournalist there before crossing the border into Pakistan and Afghanistan shortly before the Soviet invasion.

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    Paul Fraser
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