A very rare portrait of Joseph Smith, believed to be based on an 1843 daguerreotype photograph that has never been found, has surfaced in Provo. Along with it, a one-of-a-kind pottery vessel made in 1899 to celebrate the July 24 holiday.
Both pieces may have continued their quiet, hidden lives except that the local chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers decided to renovate Pioneer Village. To do that, they need funds. They decided to auction some of their extensive collection of antiques, and invited appraisers to visit the property to help them plan.
Appraisers could not believe their eyes.