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Photos Bought At Garage Sale Now Worth $200 Million Dollars

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Ansel Adams Photographs Bought at Garage Sale Worth $200 Million

    Today a collection of 65 glass negatives of previously unseen Ansel Adams
    photographs will go on display in California.

    Rick Norsigian bought them at a garage sale for $45. and they are now
    estimated to be worth $200. million.

    http://gawker.com/5597343/Rick Norsigian

    http://gawker.com/5597343/ansel-adams-photographs-bought-at-garage-sale-worth-200-million

    And here comes the lawsuit...
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100824/ap_on_en_ot/us_ansel_adams_lost_work
     
  2. Pimpinlobsta

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    lol lucky man :swordfigh
     
  3. teeniegenie

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    I work with a lot of wealthy people in my "day" job and I'm convinced that most "stumble" into their wealth in some way or another. Not that they are not hard workers, but they mostly seem to have their story about how something just "fell into place" that paved the way to wealth. Interesting to see stuff like this happen every once in a while...
     
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    What you said is true. Seem everything has been set up when we was born. Even if you are a "try hard" person it is in you blood.
     
  5. Chronos

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    Ya, I'm sure Bill Gates just tripped on the Windows operating system and decided to get rich from it.

    Yes, there are people who stumble on getting rich, but that's like 2% or less. Most people work there asses off.
     
  6. KraftyKyle

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    2%? I'd say the number of people that stumble on getting rich rounds to 0%.
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  7. Hunwarrior

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    to be successful and become rich you needs more than work your ass off.otherwise every single women typing your catpcha in India would be rich like hell.
     
  8. citizenxs

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    If you look at a lot of people that do well (especially online) there's definitely an element of luck and just being in the right place at the right time. Wouldn't call it "stumble on getting rich" but you can't deny there's chance involved.
     
  9. rakka

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    I'd throw in there that there never really seems to be any rags in the rags to riches stories. I watched a hyped up documentary about how the founder of amazon made his fortune. I was all excited to watch the story until they snuck in the part about how his wife's parents loaned him 100K to get the ball rolling. I couldn't even watch the rest of the show it pissed me off so bad!

    They make it sound good that this guy payed $45 for the negatives, but how much did it cost to assemble a team of professionals to authenticate the (probably fake) images? How much did the website selling the prints cost? What about the darkroom equipment that is producing the images they're selling? This guy is in it for 20K for sure and the $45 is part of his marketing scheme to help his business identify with the average joe.
     
  10. minute80

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    Completly agree with you. The same thing happen with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Bill Gates had one company before MS and for both MS and that company before his mother lend him money. I think that for MS she gave him 50k USD (not sure). When he lended a deal with IBM, that appointement was actually set by his mother too.

    Steve Jobs was peniless, but Steve Wozniak, a co-funder, was a guy that designed digital circutry on a paper as a hobby, in high school! After that he worked at HP where he got access to all kinds of electronics that were used in making first Apple computer. So, having Wozniak in a company for free was like having 100k USD and hiring someone who knows stuff.

    The story about this particular guy doesn't tell you how much resources he spent visiting garage sells, who pays for his bills while he is scraping through the junk, and like someone mentioned here, who payed for people that authenticated the photos...it would be lucky shot if he found this photos in his own garage :p

     
  11. Fireboltgirl

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    I wonder how much junk that guy collected that ended up costing money just to get rid of eventually. So true the total cost wouldn't be just $45.
     
  12. velcom7

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    Life coaches will often ask you what you would do if you didn't care about making money...and whatever you decide you would want to do as a hobby, this should be your career.

    Unfortunately, because many of us are surviving and stressing from one day to the next, we get stuck in our rat wheel...working our asses off, and many times making little or no progress.

    Don't get me wrong, I believe smart, hard work is how great things are accomplished; But a fat seed check from a wealthy aunt is how it almost always happens behind the scenes. Those bragging douchebags will rarely admit it while telling their rags to riches story though.

    So the moral of my rant? Work your ass off, work smart, make friends with rich people and be nice to your aunt...she just might have a bunch of cash hidden under her mattress.
     
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    Sometimes who you know is more important than what you know. I'm noticing that most of the people who made it huge had both.
     
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    Anybody with an idea and STARTUP CAPITAL can make a successful business that eventually does millions or billions of dollars in profits. The stories you always hear of rags to riches are mostly always bullshit because they always leave out the part about the startup capital.

    They dont tell you that they had a 750 credit score and were able to get a $250,000 bank loan or that they inherited a little bit of wealth or whatever have you. They just say, " i had this great idea, i put it in action, and whaddayaknow.... i became rich. Theres no reason why you cant do it to!!!"
     
  16. benpari

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    To be honest, there is no reason why any of us couldn't get startup capital. Its just another part of the process of starting a company. If you have a solid idea and are making a serious attempt to contact investors then it shouldn't be any worse of a problem than any other part of the process. Even local restaurants need money to start.

    I'm not trying to argue with you, I just think everyone has too many expectations of "rags to riches" stories.
     
  17. SuperBlackHat

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    trust me bro..... startup capital is the #1 reason why 98% of businesses never take off. Its not always that easy to get. if it were that easy, everybody in your neighborhood and city would be a multi-millionaire.

    I've had businesses where ive laid out great business plans, showed proof of concept and the whole 9-yards and still couldn't get my hands on investors ready to write a check. There's always some reason or another as to why they wont invest. A 750 credit score wasn't part of my pedigree either so bank loans were not a part of the equation.

    Its one of the reasons why i stopped seeking investment capital a long time ago and said whatever money ima get for my ideas and future businesses, i will raise it myself through this wild west frontier known as internet marketing.
     
  18. benpari

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    Fair enough.