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Long Lost Ansel Adams Negatives Found

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A man in Fresno, California has hit it big. In 2000, he was looking around a garage sale and spotted some old boxes of glass negatives. He recognized Yosemite from his childhood days, decided to buy them for $45. Turns out they are authentic Ansel Adams negatives and are worth – hold your breath – $200 million dollars. He may have paid $44 extra dollars than buying a lottery ticket, but this pay off is certainly more fun. Read the full article here.


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4 responses »

  1. I heard this on the news. Incredible!!

  2. This makes for an interesting story, but there is a good chance that the negatives in question are not Ansel Adams images. An expert who knows Ansel’s work more thoroughly than probably anybody alive, Alan Ross, thinks it’s highly unlikely that these negatives were made by Adams. Alan was Ansel’s photographic assistant in the 1970s and still prints a set of Ansel’s negatives for the Adams Gallery Yosemite Special Edition Print Series.

    His most recent e-mail newsletter explains his reasoning.

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