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    20th-Century Ansel Adams Portfolio

    Appraised Value:

    $30,000 - $50,000

    Appraised on: July 13, 2002

    Appraised in: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Appraised by: Daile Kaplan

    Category: Photographs

    Episode Info: Tomorrow's Antiques (#917)

    Originally Aired: September 26, 2005

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    Form: Landscape
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $30,000 - $50,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:07)


    Appraised By:

    Daile Kaplan
    Vice President & Director of Photographs
    Swann Auction Galleries

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Well, this is a portfolio that I purchased from Ansel Adams in 1964. I went to my first museum job, and I thought this would be a great opportunity just to have a small exhibition of Ansel Adams' work, and so I wrote him, and we bought the portfolio.

    APPRAISER: These are three representative images from a portfolio of 16 photographs that Adams did of the Yosemite Valley. These photographs were done over a period of almost 40 years. In 1926, Adams took his first trip to Yosemite, made some photographs at that point, and continued to go back. Now, what's important is that they're signed by Adams. They're also archivally mounted. Adams was very concerned with the proper presentation of his photographs. He developed the craft of very fine photographic printing, and these prints were done around 1960, so they're referred to as modern prints that Adams crafted from the original negatives. And as he made these later prints, he reinterpreted them and in many ways, they're very symbolic, I think, of his passion for the environment and making people aware of the American landscape. What did you pay for these images when you acquired them?

    GUEST: The portfolio was $100.

    APPRAISER: $100.

    GUEST: It was 1964.

    APPRAISER: At auction, I would estimate the 16 photographs in the portfolio at $30,000 to $50,000. A bit different from its 1964 price.

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