Those will now fetch you between 5 and 7,000. Not a bad investment either.
Investment? It's art! In order to profit from anything, you must part with it, sell it and it is no longer part of your life. To bring top dollar, you must sell through a gallery. The result of the "top dollar" sale is to split the proceeds with the gallery which pretty much cuts your return in half.
Until they are sold, the photographs are worth exactly what I paid for them.
And, no, I won't part with them for what I paid for them.
Strange that the Moonrise is only $450k when a Rothko can go for $72mm...
There are 200+ of Moonrise, while a Rothko is a one off. Even though far fewer people have heard of Rothko compared to St Ansel, the cache in the art world of having an original Rothko is huge in comparison. For a person of average means an AA photograph (not Moonrise) is still attainable if that is something they really want bad enough, simply because Ansel printed a lot of them.
If you could clear $450,000 per copy, I'll bet you would make as many as you could.
Then again, we are talking about a negative made in the early 1940's that was printed until the mid 1970's. Don't forget, Ansel employed a series of assistants that made most of his prints. And if you look at the list of Ansel's assistants, you will see some really, really good printers.
I do believe that the number of Moonrise prints sold is closer to 1,000 than 200.