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Ansel Adams Negatives Found At Garage Sale Worth $200 Million

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The next time I see signs for a garage sale, I may just be tempted to stop.

A California painter has scored a dreamy estimated value for 65 glass negatives he found at a garage sale back in 2000. Originally priced at $70, he bargained them down to $45. Today, they’re valued at $200 million. Why? From CNN:

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. 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.

Adams, a staunch environmentalist, always urged conservation for the scenes he immortalized through his stunning photography — as well as promoting the goals of the Sierra Club and helping to expand the National park system. Most of all, he was most pained by the loss of remote and quiet corners of the world.

“We all know the tragedy of the dustbowls,” he said, “the cruel unforgivable erosions of the soil, the depletion of fish or game, and the shrinking of the noble forests. And we know that such catastrophes shrivel the spirit of the people… The wilderness is pushed back, man is everywhere. Solitude, so vital to the individual man, is almost nowhere.”

Check out a slideshow of some of the recovered slides over on CNN.

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