FRESNO, Calif. — The bankrupt Fresno Metropolitan Museum has agreed to return six Ansel Adams photographs to his son, who objected to the items being sold to pay creditors.
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Adams' attorney Rene Lastreto says the famed nature photographer never intended for private collectors to hang those prints in their living rooms.
The move is intended to settle a lawsuit by Michael Adams and his wife, Jeanne, who gave the prints to the museum but maintained they did not give permission for their sale.
The museum closed in January after going $4 million into debt.
The photos being returned are of Yosemite National Park, Mount McKinley and Lone Pine in California, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona. In exchange, the family will give the museum other Ansel Adams prints for an art auction.
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