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The United Kingdom is hoping to retain an album containing photographs by Oscar Rejlander, and as such it has instituted a temporary export ban on the relic. The ban will prevent the album from being sold to a foreigner and leaving the country (for now), and will possibly provide enough time to study the collection and its origins. The decision to temporarily ban the export was made by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

Oscar Rejlander was born in the early 1800s in Sweden, and he later moved to England in the mid-1800s. He is regarded as a pioneer in combination printing (combining multiple negatives to create one image), and was both influential and popular among industry professionals during his time. The album in question contains seventy photographs by Rejlander, and says Vaizey, it would be 'a tremendous addition to the nation's photographic archive.'

Most of the prints are previously unknown works, and the British government is hoping to retain the album for researchers to study. The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, more commonly called RCEWA, recommended that the temporary export ban be instituted due to the album’s 'outstanding significance for the study of the history of photography and for our wider understanding of nineteenth century art.'

The current export deferment is in place until April 23, and could end up being extended again until July 23. The price is presently set at £82,600. If you're short that amount of spare cash, take a look at a digital version of the album instead.