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Priceless Photograph
Photograph by Chris Sloan

With a German police officer standing guard, photographer Kenneth Garrett focuses his lens on the sky disk while staff from the State Museum for Prehistory in Halle look on. The smugglers who were arrested with the disk were offering it for about U.S.$400,000. It would have been a steal at that price. Its insurance value has been pegged at 50 million dollars, though its actual value is impossible to determine, says museum director and author Harald Meller. Like the funerary mask of Tutankhamun, there is only one sky disk of Nebra. (For more about this image, read Garrett's Field Notes.)

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon AE1
Film Type: Fujichrome 400
Lens: 50mm f/1.8 Canon
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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