One of the big stories in the photo world last year was when a set of glass negatives purchased for $45 at a garage sale were found to potentially be Ansel Adams photos worth an estimated $200 million. Unfortunately for the finder, the photos were most likely not Ansel’s, and ensuing lawsuits prevented him from making a huge profit from the find. Real estate agent John Maloof, on the other hand, could end up making a fortune from his discovery of previously-unknown nanny and street photographer Vivian Maier.
The next time you’re at a garage sale and come across a box of negatives, take a long hard look at the photographs. You might be holding the photographic-equivalent of a winning lottery ticket!
P.S. Here’s an interesting interview Lomography did with John Maloof.