The Seattle-based photo agency distributes stock photographs, video footage and digital images to media and other organizations around the world.
Hellman & Friedman took Getty private in 2008 in a leveraged buyout that valued the company at $2.4 billion. A group of investors including the chairman, Mr. Getty, owns a minority stake in the company.
A number of private-equity firms showed interest in buying the company when the bidding process got under way earlier this year.
Carlyle, traditionally one of the most active deal makers in private-equity, has been particularly busy lately. The Washington-based firm invested in 82 transactions in the second quarter and has committed to several other big deals including agreeing to buy a United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.40%unit for $3.5 billion. It is also negotiating to buy DuPont Co.'s DD -0.18%auto paint business after emerging from a widely watched auction with a $4.8 billion bid, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
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