I have spoken with the owner again. He is willing to compensate the restoration artist. If you are interested in doing this work, email me for his email address. I will send him the top responders based on what is being shown here or included with the email to me. I WILL NOT send him examples. He has a larger 25MB file if you would like to work on the full size image.
Once I release his name to the artist it will be up to you to negoiate. IF you want to send him an example that will be up to you.
As for the image and your portfolios. This seems like a very challenging project and one that can be used in your own personal portfolio. I will leave it up for a couple more weeks.
Thanks for tackling this project. I wish you all luck in the completion of the image.