The stunning collection, which is made up of more than 1,000 black and white images, date back as far as 1840 when photography was still in its infancy.
It consisted of some of Quds’s (Jerusalem) most historic landmarks including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Also there are fascinating photographs of people living in the area from the 1860s such as Bedouins and Arabs.
Auctioneers Sotheby’s thought the collection would only fetch £300,000, but strong bidding pushed up the price.
By Al Alam