July 27, 2010 by USA Post
Two small boxes bought 10 years ago and 45 – and traded below 70 – are now an estimated value of at least 200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.
These boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by renowned nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early stages of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a fire that destroyed the darkroom 1937 5.000 plates.
“It’s really a” missing link “Ansel Adams and the history and career,” said David Streets, appraiser and art dealer who hosts a presentation of photographs in his Beverly Hills, California, gallery on Tuesday.
The photographs were allegedly taken between 1919 and early 1930, long before Adams – who is known as the father of American photography – became nationally recognized in the 1940s, Calles said.
“This goes to show the world the evolution of his eye, his talent, his skill, his talent, but his legacy,” said Calles. “And we think it is a part that had been destroyed in the fire of study.”
How do these 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass plate negatives of the famous landscapes of Yosemite and San Francisco locations – some with fire damage – made their way to the Adams collection 70 years ago to a sale of Southern California garage in 2000 can only be guessed.
The person who sold Norsigian in the garage sale said that he bought in the 1940s in a salvage store in Los Angeles.
Photography expert Patrick Alt, who helped confirm the authenticity of the negatives, Adams took the suspects to use in a photography class he was teaching in Pasadena, California in the 1940s.
“It is my belief that these negative aspects he brought with him for teaching purposes and to show students not to let his negatives wrapped in a fire,” said Alt. “I think it clearly explains the range of work in these negative aspects, from early pictorial boat photos, images not as a result, images of the highest level of their performance during this period of time.”
Alt said it’s impossible to know why Adams store in Pasadena and never recover.
The plates were wrapped individually in newspaper inside manila envelope deterioration. The entries in each envelope appeared to have been made by Virginia Adams, wife of the photographer, according to handwriting experts, and Michael Nattenberg Marcel Matley. They were compared with samples provided by the grandson of Adams.
While most of the negatives seem to have been printed, some are almost identical to the well known Adams prints, experts said.
Meteorologist George Wright studied the clouds and snow cover in a negative Norsigian to the conclusion that it was taken almost at the same time as a well-known Adams photo of a tree in Yosemite.
In addition to Yosemite – the California desert that helped keep Adams – negatives represent Caramel California Mission, views of a rocky point in Caramel, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a sailboat at sea and an image of sand dunes .
“The fact that these places were well known for Adams, and visited by him, also supports the proposition that all images in the collection were most likely created by Adams,” said art expert Robert Moeller.
Moeller said that after six months of study, concluded “with a high degree of probability that the images in question were produced by Ansel Adams.
Silver tarnish on the negative aspects also helped the date around the plates of the 1920s, Alt said.
“I have sent people to jail for the rest of their lives for far less evidence than I’ve seen in this case,” said the evidence and the burden of the expert evidence Manny Medrano, who was hired to help Norsigian authenticate them. “In my opinion, these photographs were taken by Ansel Adams.”
Norsigian, who has spent the last ten years trying to prove the value of his discovery, he is ready to profit – by selling the original copies of the photographs to museums and collectors.
“I have estimated that its investment and 45 could easily be worth up to 200 million,” said Calles.
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