Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million

13 years 5 months ago #9337 by Todd Phillips
Just found this article and just amazed. Makes you want to go through all the old stuff collected over the years! Perhaps that is just to much wishful thinking ha ha ha.

"Rick Norsigian kept two boxes he bought at a garage sale under his pool table for four years before realizing they may be too valuable to store at home.

The Fresno, California, commercial painter learned this week that what was in those boxes he paid $45 dollars for a decade ago could be worth more than $200 million.

"When I heard that $200 million, I got a little weak," Norsigian said at a Beverly Hills art gallery Tuesday.

Art, forensic, handwriting and weather experts teamed up to conclude the 65 glass plates in the boxes were photographic negatives created more than 80 years ago by Ansel Adams, the iconic American photographer whose images of the West inspired the country."

So they said these were worth $200 million, did the guy end up getting that much?


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13 years 5 months ago #9348 by bhowdy
My undersatanding is that none of the plates have been sold or gone to auction yet. The gentleman has spent a ton of money getting the plates certified as true Ansel Adams ... including battling with Adams living relatives about the authenticity.

Bob Howdeshell

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera" ~ Lewis Hine

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13 years 5 months ago #9350 by KenMan
I bet the person that sold him that stuff is kicking themselves!


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13 years 5 months ago #9361 by Scotty
This story broke awhile ago, and they aren't legit.

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13 years 5 months ago - 13 years 5 months ago #9365 by Screamin Scott
This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,

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13 years 5 months ago #9379 by Scotty

Screamin Scott wrote: This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,


They also were declared fakes. The signatures didn't add up.

When the last candle has been blown out
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13 years 5 months ago #9388 by Ziggy

Scotty wrote:

Screamin Scott wrote: This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,


They also were declared fakes. The signatures didn't add up.


Amazing how things can spread so quickly online. Man imagine that $200 million! :woohoo:


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13 years 5 months ago #9393 by Scotty

Ziggy wrote:

Scotty wrote:

Screamin Scott wrote: This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,


They also were declared fakes. The signatures didn't add up.


Amazing how things can spread so quickly online. Man imagine that $200 million! :woohoo:


Almost like that chinese vase found in an attic of detroit, that went for 86 million at auction.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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13 years 5 months ago #9424 by Richard K Photography

Scotty wrote:

Ziggy wrote:

Scotty wrote:

Screamin Scott wrote: This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,


They also were declared fakes. The signatures didn't add up.


Amazing how things can spread so quickly online. Man imagine that $200 million! :woohoo:


Almost like that chinese vase found in an attic of detroit, that went for 86 million at auction.


WHAT??? Really??

Or is this one of those rumors that get spread over the net?


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13 years 5 months ago - 13 years 5 months ago #9426 by Scotty

Richard K Photography wrote:

Scotty wrote:

Ziggy wrote:

Scotty wrote:

Screamin Scott wrote: This was out several months back & most of the photo forums bantered back & forth as to the worth of the negatives. Personally, I wouldn't place the worth that high as Ansel was a master of manipulation in the darkroom & these are just the negatives which ,of course, have no manipulation applied. They are just like any other large format photographers negatives,


They also were declared fakes. The signatures didn't add up.


Amazing how things can spread so quickly online. Man imagine that $200 million! :woohoo:


Almost like that chinese vase found in an attic of detroit, that went for 86 million at
auction.





WHAT??? Really??

Or is this one of those rumors that get spread over the net?



www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Seller...f/3823761/story.html

I thought it was in detroit, guess I was wrong. Was on the detroit news though.

When the last candle has been blown out
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All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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13 years 5 months ago - 13 years 5 months ago #9443 by Yasko
I doubt authentic Ansel Adams plates would be worth so much, but no doubt it would be ALOT!

I wonder how much an Edward Curtis or Darius Kinsey plate would be appraised at. Wouldn't mind finding one of those at a yard sale :cheer:


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13 years 5 months ago #9462 by Mah and PaH
I don't think I would know what to do with that sort of money.

However I'm sure I would figure it out nicely :woohoo:


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13 years 5 months ago #9479 by bhowdy

Bob Howdeshell

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera" ~ Lewis Hine

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13 years 5 months ago #9521 by Scotty

bhowdy wrote: Here's some of the latest news on the garage sale plates

The Lost Ansel Adams Negatives

A.D. Coleman - Photocritic International

Another Legal Twist in Ansel Adams Case


The story gets more and more interesting as time goes by.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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13 years 5 months ago #9936 by Homer

Scotty wrote:

bhowdy wrote: Here's some of the latest news on the garage sale plates

The Lost Ansel Adams Negatives

A.D. Coleman - Photocritic International

Another Legal Twist in Ansel Adams Case


The story gets more and more interesting as time goes by.


Indeed!


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