When she failed to pay storage rent, her belongings, including her photographs, films, and negatives, were auctioned off in 2007 and were bought by several bidders. One of the bidders, John Maloof, acquired some 100,000 negatives for $380. He did not know anything about their author but her name. Two years later, he stumbled upon her obituary when searching for information about her online, and was then able to learn more about her life. Another man, Jeffrey Goldstein, owns about 20,000 of Vivian Maier’s photographs.
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