In keeping with true internet speculation and non-substantiated opinion, I wonder who got the $30,000, the deceased owner??
New York collector Keya Morgan said he paid $30,000 for the photo album including the photo of the young boys and several family pictures and $20,000 for the sale document. Morgan said the deceased owner of the home where the photo was found was thought to be a descendant of John [boy in picture?].
And why fake a sale? Well, maybe a museum would pay you what you have invested in a piece:
Morgan said, he is keeping the photo in his personal collection, but he said he has had an inquiry to sell the photo to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.