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Ansel Adams Photos from Garage Sale Worth $200 Million

Rick Norsigian's hobby of bargain-hunting at rummage sales has paid off big time.
Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 -- negotiated down from $70 -- are now estimated to be worth at least $200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.

Those boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early period of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire that destroyed 5,000 plates.

"It truly is a missing link of Ansel Adams and history and his career," said David W. Streets, the appraiser and art dealer who is hosting an unveiling of the photographs at his Beverly Hills, California, gallery Tuesday.

The photographs apparently were taken between 1919 and the early 1930s, well before Adams -- who is known as the father of American photography -- became nationally recognized in the 1940s, Streets said.

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Well, sure the Adam's family says they are not, but they are such odd people. I've been to their house, with their HUGE butler, very hairy cousin, and that bald fat man with a light bulb in his mouth.
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