09/02/2010 11:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Key expert jumps ship, says garage sale pictures aren't by Ansel Adams after all

An art expert whose opinion backed Rick Norsigian's claim that he owns a "lost" trove of pictures by Ansel Adams now says they aren't Adams' work after all.

What's more, Robert C. Moeller III, one of just two Norsigian experts who identified the old-fashioned negatives as the work of the great nature photographer, said he trusts the judgment of former associates of Adams who had disputed or even ridiculed Moeller's original finding that "all of the images in the [Norsigian] collection were most probably created by Ansel Adams."

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