A California man bought $200 million worth of rare Ansel Adams negatives for $45 at a yard sale — some of the 5,000 that were feared lost by Adams when his studio was destroyed by a fire in 1937. But are they real?
Adams’ grandson is now disputing their source, saying they aren’t marked with the numbers Adams used for cataloging, and that some of the labels contain suspicious misspellings. The Fresno painter who discovered the negatives insists he’d been rebuffed in attempts to have Adams’ grandson involved in the authenticating — and handwriting experts have verified that the handwriting on the labels does belong to Adams’ wife.
So while Adams’ grandson argues it’s “irresponsible to claim that they’re Ansel,” this could still end up being the most valuable garage sale find of all time!