I was in Santa Fe last week at the Andrew Smith gallery and seriously considering buying an exquisite entry level 'Ansel' original or an Elliot Porter & Christopher Burkett combo package.
My pragmatic side says buy the $8k Ansel 8x10 because (a) I liked the image and (b) if pretty it's probably as good an investment as you can get. However, I loved the Eliot Porter (it's one of his book covers) and I already collect Christopher Burkett's images but they'll only really appreciate when tragedy strikes.
What would you do? Common sense sense says buy the Ansel original, plus my photo buddies can say that they know a friend with an original ... what would you do?