Does $40 Purchase Equal $200 Million? The Ansel Adams Story

I cried BS the first time I heard this on the news two days ago.

A guy was at a garage sale, and paid $40 for "glass slides" that he thought were great photos of Yosemite.

He thought they looked like the work of Ansel Adams, so he hired an attorney to "investigate." That lawyer came back saying the experts claimed they were Adams photos.

Immediately, people were saying these "unreleased photos" would be worth $200 million.

I knew it was going to be bogus, and it's looking more likely now.

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Tags: Adams, Ansel, Rare, glass, photos, slides, unreleased

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on July 28, 2010 at 11:49am
Josh, I am sorry to hear that the photos might be "bogus."

Why? Because I was hoping... just once... that some everyday American... most likely a member of the struggling working class... would finally have be able to make some fast money... like those on Wall Street (and whom are no more educated than you and I)... and then be able to experience that unreachable lifestyle.

It would of been nice to read about.
Comment by Josh Board on July 28, 2010 at 3:43pm
My entire story didn't show up. But yeah, basically, this guys story sounded bogus from the get-go. Everything about it.
It's the old "garage sale" find. Just like those people that find Picasso and Jackson Pollack paintings.
Everything about it just sounded bogus, yet the news media is covering it as if it's a real thing. And just all of the sudden, photos from Ansel Adams that nobody knew about, just popped up.
Comment by john reznikoff on August 1, 2010 at 6:35pm
Wish it was me if they turn out real. Here is a great book written by fellow ABAA bookseller Greg Gibson Huberts Freaks. Similar story with a happy ending. A picker finds rare Diane Arbus photos worth a fortune. The journey is the story and anyone in this business will be unable to put it down


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