When Nature’s Domain Is No Longer Public Domain: Here’s Where You Can Buy It Now
The National Wildlife Federation, which represents public domain species, announced today that it will begin auctioning off public domain photos of some of the country’s most iconic natural objects.
The agency said the sale, which begins on Thursday, is aimed at preserving and celebrating the history of the nation’s wildlife.
The NFW will also provide support for preservation efforts through the Natural History Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the natural world.
The agency’s announcement comes as many American museums, parks and private collections are re-opening to the public after decades of closed doors.
The new auctions, which will start on Thursday and run through December 31, are intended to “restore and preserve” public domain works, according to the National Wildlife Association.
In an official statement, the agency said that the auction “is not a new auction” and that the NFW has “been a leader in protecting the world’s most recognizable public domain assets for decades.”
The agency’s press release also says that it is “the only agency of its kind in the world that offers this type of auction, as it represents the first auction of any kind for any species of public domain in the United States.”
The NWW will hold auctions for more than 1,500 public domain and other rare, rare-book and copyright-protected works from around the world.
The auction will include a selection of “the rarest of rare books, rare and precious manuscripts and rare and valuable antiquities” and “books, manuscripts, and artifacts from all eras, from the Roman Empire to the American Revolution.”
The auction is expected to raise $2.5 million.
The auction will be hosted at the Natural Histories Museum of Natural History in Denver, Colo.