An image of Ned and Dan Kelly's armour taken in Beechworth in 1880 is up for sale at auction, alongside original glass negatives of photos depicting Border towns in the 1900s.
The glass negative of the Kelly armour as well as images of Albury's War Memorial, Globe Building and Dean Street were uncovered in a spare bedroom of a Victorian home.
They are now among more than 100,000 items being auctioned by Lloyd Auctions as part of the sale of the Rose Stereograph Company collection.
The collection features images of streetscapes and notable features of many regional towns including Albury, Bright, Yarrawonga, Mt Hotham and Benalla.
The collection includes undated images of the Mulwala Bridge, Yarrawonga's Cypress Garden Motel, and Belmore Street, as well as images of Deniliquin's Cressy Street, Edward Street pool and town hall.
Also up for auction are glass negatives of the landing at Gallipoli and Phar Lap winning the Melbourne Cup.
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While many of the images are listed without exact dates, part of the collection dates back to the 1880 when the Rose Stereograph Company was founded.
The company was originally created stereographs, a device through which you viewed two near-identical images to create a 3D effect.
However, they later went on to become the first commercially viable photographic postcard business.
Lloyds Auctions' Lee Hames said the collection of original glass plate negatives capture moments of local and world history.
"We believe this to be a world first, to offer these tangible original glass plates which rival any modern photographic resolution," he said.
In another world first, the auction-house will be allowing residents to bid for ownership with cryptocurrency on NFT (non-fungible token) marketplaces.
The winning bidders will receive the original glass plate negatives as well as the minted NFT, which serves as proof of ownership, existing on a blockchain online.
For more information visit: https://www.lloydsauctions.com.au/photo/
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