Is it one of the best bargains ever made or just a stack of old fakes?
Experts believe a collection of glass negatives bought for around 30 euros are those of legendary American photographer Ansel Adams.
Now estimated to be worth a whopping 150 million euros, the photos were discovered by collector Rick Norsigian at a garage sale in California 10 years ago.
‘‘I went to a yard sale to look at an old barber chair and instead I looked over and I seen [sic] this old box. I could tell by the patina it was pretty old,’‘ Rick Norsigian said.
But the find has sparked controversy, with the family of the late photographer claiming the negatives are fakes. The experts don’t agree.
‘‘Without a shadow of a doubt, this is not something that was done randomly or done overnight. This has been a 10-year process with multiple experts working for over 10 years to prove this, to authenticate it by a team of attorneys, to stand up in court,’‘ art expert David Street said.
Despite the family’s objections, the new owner looks set to make an extremely healthy return on his investment, by an artist many consider to be the father of American photography.
Ansel Adams discovery sparks controversy