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Ansel Adams Negatives

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by john1027, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    John,
    It's estimated to be a $200 million find.
    They should be easy to authenticate.
     
  3. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Well, now their worth $1.50.

    How's that for a crash in the economy.....
     
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  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Maybe Ansel Adams is Uncle Earl!

    On a more serious note, John, thanks for keeping us in the loop.:thumbup:
     
  6. qball

    qball Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 19, 2010
    Wow. Can you imagine what the guy is thinking...

    I'm RICH, I'm a millionaire... umm... oh cr*p!!!!
     
  7. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    At least Uncle Earl's Niece may pay the guy back.
     
  8. qball

    qball Mu-43 Regular

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    How do we know that Uncle Earl just didn't have some old Ansel photos? LOL
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Uncle Earl must have been a good photographer to be mistaken for Ansel.
    I hear tell around the street there was a guy named Earl that Ansel tried to copy.
    I'm just sayin'!
     
  10. igi

    igi Mu-43 Regular

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    one thing boggles me

    The photos are worth millions because they were shot by Ansel Adams and now that it's almost certain that this Uncle Earl shot it, it's now worth a dollar?

    I though photos should be judged by their quality, not by who shot it?
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    igi,
    It's fairly obvious you don't deal with collectors.
    Watch the auctions and you'll see over inflated prices by name only.
     
  12. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    :hail: Hail Earl :th_salute:

    Ansel is the fake ? ...... Oh No..... Now What?
     
  13. john1027

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  14. shinobi

    shinobi Mu-43 Regular

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    Very interesting story ...

    At any rate, Ansel Adam's prints would be more desirable. He spent lots of time in the darkroom post processing to get the magic, and for sure, no print would be exactly alike (unlike in digital pp), it's like a fingerprint of Ansel himself :)


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  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Hmmmmm, so the saga continues....
    hmmmmm
     
  16. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I guess the guy has to cut his loses.
    - Will he think he lost 200 Million or only 45 bucks?
     
  17. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    If they are of good quality I would say, because of the history, they should be worth much more than $45. It would be interesting to see them on display. Another contemporary perspective compared to Adams would be very interesting to see.
     
  18. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    That talked about the sleeves and writing.
    No one has really talked about the images themselves.
    But the again, when $$$$ gets involved, they will be the determining factor.
     
  19. Grant

    Grant Mu-43 Veteran

    This all says more about the state of art photography than the worth of the images. If they are by Ansel Adams they are worth a fortune if they are not they are almost worthless. What gives? Surely the images haven't changed. It seems, in this case, the signature is worth more than the images.

    Says a lot about the sad state of art photography.
     
  20. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    It is virtually impossible to define objective standards to translate art into money. So if one tries to translate art into money, things will become absurd rather quickly.