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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Fake Konrad Kujau Fakes
Status: Art Forgeries
Konrad Kujau was the forger responsible for creating the Hitler Diaries. After he served his prison sentence, he became something of a minor celebrity in Germany, and his "authentic fakes" of famous paintings became sought after in their own right by collectors. Kujau died in 2000, but now his great-niece, Petra, has been charged with selling hundreds of fakes of his fakes. The Times reports that:

Petra Kujau, 47, faces fraud charges for selling at least 500 fake Kujaus to clients worldwide through an internet auction site for more than €550,000 (£381,000). Some of the oil paintings, bought from art schools in Asia for as little as €10 apiece, fetched up to €3,500 because the Kujau signature inflated their value.

I wonder if these fake Kujau forgeries will now also become collector's items? I wouldn't mind having one to hang in my office, but only if I can get it for €10, not €3,500.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 24, 2006
Comments (2)
Well, Alex, if you're looking for a fake of a fake of one of Kujau's fake paintings, I think I can set you up with one.

Phoniness, but not quality, guaranteed.
Posted by Big Gary in Uncertain, Texas  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Mon Apr 24, 2006  at  07:27 PM
Very generous offer, Gary. You can start a new career as a forger, thrice removed.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Apr 24, 2006  at  11:12 PM
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