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Debate rages over validity of Ansel Adams originals

California man paid $46 for photos valued at $207 million


A California construction worker has learned that 65 glass negatives he bought at a garage sale for $46 may actually be worth $207 million. After a six-month investigation, experts say the dramatic black-and-white photos of western American landscapes represent the “missing link” in Ansel Adams’s career. Rick Norsigian says he bought the photos approximately 10 years ago and has had them in a box under his pool table ever since. Experts thought the photos had been destroyed in a 1937 fire at Adams’ Yosemite National Park studio. However, the National Post reports that some are disputing the claim. “I think it’s irresponsible to claim that they’re Ansel’s,” said Matthew Adams, president of the Ansel Adams Gallery. “We think it’s a very significant claim and we think it’s not accurate.”

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