Bill Cunningham's Memorabilia Now Under New-York Historical Society, Net Worth Surprises Fans

By BLindon on Feb 20, 2017 03:38 AM EST

Bill Cunningham's bicycle has finally found a new home following years of moving through the streets of Manhattan. Now, as announced by the New-York Historical Society, all the personal belongings of longtime New York style and fashion photographer will permanently stay at 170 Central Park West.

The personal effects of Cunningham, which includes his Nikon camera, books, bike, a Biria and his trademark blue jacket will be acquired by the New-York Historical Society. These items were reported to have been donated by two of Cunningham's friends.

Cunningham has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the New-York Historical Society, which dates back to his first donation of 88 gelatin silver photos that represent his "Facades" series. That said, his death was deeply felt by the organization.

Meantime, Cunningham wrote the columns "Evening Hours" and "On the Street" for the Times, which chronicled the changing social mores and the shifts in contemporary fashion. He became a national figure after the release of his documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" in 2010. In fact, the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street was renamed in his honor following his death, Art News reported.

Cunningham, meanwhile, has left not only a neat sum of $3 million, but also some photo archives that will reportedly be worth around $1 million. Reports, however, suggest that it was Cunningham who owned the rights to these images and not the Times.

Nevertheless, the figure for Cunningham's photo archive is believed to be appropriate, since it may be the most important trove of street style photos in the world, considering that he chronicled fashion in New York City for more than six decades.

Cunningham began taking photos of stylist pedestrians back in the '60s, some of which were put on display at The New York Historical Society in 2014, WMagazine reported. Watch Remembering Cunningham (1929-2016) here:


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