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$45 garage sale painting worth $200mil

whusurdadi

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Rick Norsigian's hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter.

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.

Noice!
 

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"It is my belief that he brought these negatives with him for teaching purposes and to show students how to not let their negatives be engulfed in a fire," Alt said. "I think this clearly explains the range of work in these negatives, from very early pictorialist boat pictures, to images not as successful, to images of the highest level of his work during this time period."
Is he being cheeky?
 

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As soon as someone pays 200 million dollars for those pictures the value will have actual meaning.
 

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^^ True, but, even if they overestimated by a factor of 20, the guy still has $10 million.
 

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The auction record for Adams is less than a million - and that was a 'great work' printed by Adams himself.

This will make a nice book sale for the owner (if Adams's estate can't or doesn't intervene) and he'll sell some prints - but $200 million is ridiculous.
 

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"found it at a garage sale" = "came to me through crime" ... what percentage of the time?
 

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shouldn't this be the ultimate poast in the "thrift store bragging" thread?
 

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Originally Posted by HRoi
shouldn't this be the ultimate poast in the "thrift store bragging" thread?


that's just what i was thinking. take that vicuna coat!
 

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Could have sworn they where photo negatives not painting.
 

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well, actually, i think they were glass negatives ... but you're right.
 

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Only worth what someone actually pays.
Even at a fraction of that $200 Mil, it's time to sell.
 

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Dude has just become extremely unhappy. The love of his life, a little known woman named Beth, will now sleep with him for "no reasons".
 

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