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Cottingley Fairies Photos from An Early 20th Century Viral Hoax Hit the Auction Block

  • April 03, 2019 18:40

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Frances Griffiths photograph of her cousin Elsie Wright in 1920.
Photograph: Marc Tielemans/Dominic Winter Auctioneers/PA

"Photographs of what is considered to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction," reports The Guardian. "Pictures of the Cottingley Fairies were taken in July and September 1917 by the 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her nine-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, in the village of Cottingley, near Bingley in West Yorkshire."

The cousins maintained the images were real, although they had been staged with colored cut-outs of fairies in a garden, until 1983. 

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Frances’s daughter is selling the vintage images some 100 years after they were made.

The photographs are offered at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK, on April 11.

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