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Ansel Adams' Lost Art Found at a Garage Sale



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    Ansel Adams grips his camera in this old file photo.

    Ansel Adams may have died in 1984 but he is still sending artistic jewels from beyond.

    The San Francisco native made a name for himself taking stunning photographs of Yosemite National Park. It's those pictures that may have led to a gold mine for one California man.

    Painter Rick Norsigian apparently got more than he bargained for when he bought a trove of old negatives at a garage sale in Fresno 10 years ago.

    Tuesday, a lawyer said those old glass negatives have been authenticated as the work of the iconic photographer and are worth at least $200 million.

    Arnold Peter says a team of experts has concluded the 65 negatives are Adams' early work believed destroyed in a fire decades ago. Their report is set to be released at a press conference Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills.

    Norsigian noticed the negatives resembled Adams' famed photographs of Yosemite National Park and hired Peter to assemble a team of experts.

    Adams is best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, mainly images of the landscape. He died in Monterey, Calif. in 1984 at 82.