A painter who paid $45 for some old glass negatives at a garage sale may be $200 million richer for the effort.
It turns out experts have confirmed the negatives were the work of iconic photographer Ansel Adams.
Painter Rick Norsigian bought the negatives10 years ago at a garage sale in Fresno. He noticed they resembled Adams' famed photographs of Yosemite National Park. The seller wanted $70 but Norsigian negotiated it down to $40, according to CNN.
Norsigian hired Attorney Arnold Peter to assemble a team of experts to examine the collection. The experts confirmed Norsigian's hunch-- the 65 negatives, which were thought to have been destroyed in a fire decades ago, were in fact some of the early works of Adams.
According to CBS, the photographs depict such California sights as Yosemite National Park, San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and the scenic city of Carmel.