Rogues’ gallery of bedraggled criminals pictured in mugshots from 1940s up for sale at auction house

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A ROGUES’ gallery of bedraggled criminals is pictured in police mugshots from the 1940s which are up for sale at an auction house.

Little is known about the images – other than the collection of sorry faces were taken by the cops in war-era America.

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This mugshot of one sorry criminal is among 24 up or sale at an auction house[/caption]

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The images were taken by cops in war-era USA in the 1940s[/caption]

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Very little is known about the pictures, and there is no context provided on their origin[/caption]

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The mugshots, valued between £100 to £150, are up for auction in Cirencester in the UK[/caption]

The 24 pairs of incredibly unusual mugshots, made in gelatin silver prints, are valued between £100 to £150.

Each shows a profile and full face portrait with a reference number and date.

Chris Albury, a Director at Dominic Winter Auctioneers said: “I’ve seen similar lots to this occasionally at auctions, where they have been able to name the police department or who they were.

“But in this case there’s nothing on the back or front of these to give any context.”

They will be up for auction on December 16 at Dominic Winter Auction house in Cirencester in the UK. 

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The bizarre images are up for auction on December 16[/caption]

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There are 24 pairs of the incredibly unusual mugshots [/caption]

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The mysterious nature of these photographs is rare, as similar images usually provide details of the police department or the identity of the criminal[/caption]

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It is not known whether those in the images were victims, perpetrators or both[/caption]

But Mr Albury sees the rare prints returning slightly more than the valuation.

He added: “They’re very intriguing to look at and one cant help but start wandering what had happened.

“Whether they were victims, perpetrators or both in some nasty scenes back in the 1940s – we don’t know.

“I’m absolutely positive that there will be people hovering on these mouses online looking out for these.”

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Chris Albury, a Director at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, expects the freaky prints to sell for higher than their valuation[/caption]

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All of the pictures were taken in the 1940s, during America’s fight in World War Two[/caption]

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Many of the expressions in the photos hint at sadness and desperation[/caption]

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Each photo shows a profile and full face portrait with reference number and date[/caption]

He added: “The whole lot is valued between £100-150, but it’s hard to say what they might go for.

“We’ve got them modestly estimated but I’d be surprised If they didn’t make on average £10 a piece, which takes the total over £200.”

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Some of the faces seem to carry a slightly happier expression[/caption]

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The assortment of bedraggled villains were captured and photographed for posterity[/caption]

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The photos were made in gelatin silver prints[/caption]

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