Back in the pre-e Bay days, the cost of acquiring and selling an antiquity was high.
The actual looter was usually paid little, but various middlemen down the line added huge costs.
In this case, the pivotal role e Bay played to help researchers develop ways to catch fakes.
But first, a bit of background on photo fraud: In the photo market, people will pay more money for an image when it was actually printed on paper by the photographer himself or herself.
In years past, transporting an object was a big expense, even for portable artifacts, and the potential for arrest added to the total cost of doing business.It turns out that researchers wanting to authenticate a photo spend a lot of time scrutinizing the paper on which it has been printed, because photo paper generally provides the best dating and provenance clues.Trying to date vintage Shalimar and navigating e Bay to find a bottle of the version that you prefer might seem, at first glance, to be an exhausting, frustrating, and complicated ordeal.The price can also increase when the print is older.So, for example, the Getty Conservation Institute’s Art Kaplan told me that an Ansel Adams photograph printed in the 1920s can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, while the exact same photograph printed a few decades later (say, the 1970s) can sell for just tens of thousands of dollars.