FAIRY PHOTOS – HOAX OR REAL?
A mythical being called a fairy is well known in European folklore. Described as having magical powers and human-like in appearance, fairies have been recorded for centuries. They range in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child.
Back in 1917, in the village of Cottingley, West Yorkshire, England, two cousins took photos of fairies that are now being auctioned off.
Elsie Wright (16) and Frances Griffiths (9) staged and took photos of what is considered to be one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century.
However, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, investigated the images vigorously and concluded that they were real.
Dubbed as the Cottingley Fairies, Elsie and Frances confessed in 1983 to faking the photos but with Frances admitting that the 5th photo was real. Christine Lynch, the daughter of Frances, said her mother always maintained that the 5th image was genuine.
The photographs will go on auction on April 11, 2019 at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The photos are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction.
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