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Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.

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  • MacTexas

    MacTexas 6 years, 7 months ago

    My question would be why did he pay so much? If you look at the picture of what he bought and picture yourself as a bidder, would you pay $380? I wouldn't.

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    • daemon

      daemon 6 years, 7 months ago

      I can understand that. That box definitely looks unassuming. I wouldn't have forked over the cash either, but then I have never been much of a gambler.

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