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Antique shopper Rick Norsigian has entered the pickers Hall of Fame.
The Fresno, Calif., painter paid $45 for 65 glass negatives at a garage sale 10 years ago – and now has expert confirmation the images were created by famed photographer Ansel Adams.
Current value: at least $200 million.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. —
A trove of old glass negatives bought at a garage sale for $45 has been authenticated as the lost work of Ansel Adams and worth at least $200 million, an attorney for the owner said Tuesday, but the iconic photographer's representatives dismissed the claim as a fraud and said they're worthless.
Arnold Peter, who represents Fresno painter and construction worker Rick Norsigian, said a team of experts who studied the 65 negatives over the past six months concluded "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the photos were Adams' early work, believed to have been destroyed in a 1937 fire at his Yosemite National Park studio.
Originally posted by Nutter
Just goes to show how people put "value" behind something. The pictures were worth $45 until they were found out to be from a famous person. Now they are worth millions?
Shouldn't the actual art be the determining factor on price, not the artist?
It's like Andy Warhol. How many times can you paint a Cambels soup can and call it art? But those soup can pictures are worth a lot just because it's a Warhol. Would you pay the same price for a Nutter soup can picture?