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Charity Auction Announcement: Rainbow Over The Potala Palace by Galen Rowell

Hos Holiness the Dalai Lama signs Galen Rowell's Rainbow over the Potala Palace.PHOTO: His Holiness the Dalai Lama signs mat of Galen Rowell's signature photograph, Rainbow over the Potala Palace as Galen's daughter, Nicole looks on.

The families of Galen and Barbara Rowell are making available for auction one of the few remaining signed and numbered prints of Galen's famous signature photograph, Rainbow Over the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet (1981). From a limited edition of 300 prints, this piece is entirely unique as it was signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on September 10th, 2003 during his visit to Washington, DC. This makes it the only print in existence signed both by Rowell and the Dalai Lama, who together co-authored the book, My Tibet. The print is 20" x 30" on Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper, and was printed under Galen's personal direction using the finest techniques available.

All proceeds from the auction are being donated by the Rowell's estate to the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the International Campaign for Tibet. The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established by friends and family members of Galen and Barbara, and the International Campaign for Tibet to provide grants to Tibetan photographers and writers. View a PDF of The Rowell Fund for Tibet brochure here, which describes in more detail how the proceeds from this auction will benefit the Tibetan community and honor the legacies of Galen and Barbara Rowell.

Bids will be accepted by Mountain Light through December 1, 2003, and the print will be on public display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California through December, 2003. For more details about the print and the live auction, please visit the ICT website at

Please do not hesitate to contact Mountain Light with any questions you may have about the print or the auction, at (760) 873-7700. For inquiries about the International Campaign for Tibet or the Rowell Fund for Tibet, please contact John Ackerly at (202) 785-1515 or

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