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Clockwise (from top left): a photograph dated Oct. 12, 1863, of Luis F. Emilio of Salem, then a second lieutenant on Morris Island in South Carolina, is from his Civil War archive being sold by James D. Julia — the hat cord appears to be the one seen and the second  lieutenant straps are possibly the pair found in the archive; letters, photographs, and other items from Emilio’s vast war archive; a 19th-century portrait of a young boy in pantaloons and dress will be offered by Julia with a $25,000-$40,000 estimate; a detail of “Madrid,” Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1933 image of children at play that is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000 at Skinner’s prints and photography auction; Harry Bertoia’s maquette of the screenlike sculpture for MIT’s Kresge Chapel will be offered with a $70,000-$90,000 estimate at Skinner’s American & European Paintings Auction; and a gilt-bronze figure of Amida Buddha from China is expected to bring $50,000-$60,000 at Julia’s auction of Asian art.
Clockwise (from top left): a photograph dated Oct. 12, 1863, of Luis F. Emilio of Salem, then a second lieutenant on Morris Island in South Carolina, is from his Civil War archive being sold by James D. Julia — the hat cord appears to be the one seen and the second lieutenant straps are possibly the pair found in the archive; letters, photographs, and other items from Emilio’s vast war archive; a 19th-century portrait of a young boy in pantaloons and dress will be offered by Julia with a $25,000-$40,000 estimate; a detail of “Madrid,” Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1933 image of children at play that is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000 at Skinner’s prints and photography auction; Harry Bertoia’s maquette of the screenlike sculpture for MIT’s Kresge Chapel will be offered with a $70,000-$90,000 estimate at Skinner’s American & European Paintings Auction; and a gilt-bronze figure of Amida Buddha from China is expected to bring $50,000-$60,000 at Julia’s auction of Asian art.

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The Civil War archive of Luis F. Emilio, a young Salem soldier who became a captain in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first all-black military unit raised in the North, headlines James D. Julia’s Fine Art, Asian and Antiques Auction Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. in Fairfield, Maine.

The archive of letters, documents, photographs, hand-drawn maps, diaries, medals, insignia, and newspaper clippings, which had remained with the Emilio family until recently, is so vast that it is being offered on Wednesday in two lots, one with an $80,000-$120,000 estimate and the other with a $40,000-$60,000 estimate.

Emilio, who was born Dec. 22, 1844, of Spanish parents who had immigrated to this country six years earlier, was a high school student in Salem at the outbreak of the war in 1861.

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