Stunning pics of Indian sites up for grabs in London

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London, March 12 : Marvellous photographs of well-known Indian cities and sites, clicked by two Scots in the 19th century, are due to be auctioned in London next month.

The pictures are expected to fetch thousands of pounds when they go under the hammer.

Dr John Murray, a Scottish surgeon in the Indian army, clicked the photographs in 1857.

About 50 images of temples, forts and other places clicked by him are to be auctioned on 9 April at Bonhams in London, with prices expected to go up to 8,000 pounds.

The collection includes two photographs of the City Palace tank at Alwar, Rajasthan, one of which has been clicked by Lewis-born Colin Murray whose landscapes have previously sold for up to 2,500 pounds.

"John Murray is one of the most distinguished 19th-century photographers," The Scotsman quoted John Falconer, curator of photographs at the Indian and Oriental collections of the British Library, as saying.

"Colin Murray is also a good photographer, but why he went out there is a bit of a mystery," he added.

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