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Seattle Blogger Posts Satirical Essay Making Fun of Treasure Hunters

by Winnie Hsiu September 1, 2010 8:41 AM
Poking fun at treasure hunters who go to garage sales, yard sales, and self storage sales looking for rare antiques, Seattle blogger Stephen Gertz mocked the literary establishment with a post at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer earlier this month. Gertz’ August 24 post claims that Baltimore bookstore clerk Kelvin Johnson, while hunting for treasure at a self storage sale, discovered a cache of rare cookbooks by authors not known for their culinary skills, such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. [More]

Fresno Downsizer Gives Away $200 Million in Ansel Adams Negatives for $45

by John Stevens July 27, 2010 7:56 PM
You never know what you will find in a garage, attic, basement, or self storage unit -- or at a garage sale or yard sale. If you find old photographs, artwork, or antiques, maybe you should store them in a secure storage unit until you are sure that they are not a lost treasure. A Fresno, California resident sold two boxes of Ansel Adams’ negatives at a garage sale in 2000, their buyer confirmed today. Rick Norsigian, an antique aficionado, was hoping to find a vintage barber’s chair, but when he saw the two boxes of antique glass negatives, he started bargaining. Norsigian managed to negotiate the price of the antique negatives down from $75 to $45. Then he began the process of finding an antique appraiser to verify his opinion as to what, exactly, he had found. The value of the antique collection is actually around $200 million. Ansel Adams is regarded as the father of American photography. [More]