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Did you know? A con artist once sold the Eiffel Tower


In 1925, the con artist Victor Lustig created a fake ad stating that the Eiffel Tower was up for sale.

This ad was sent around to Parisian scrap metal merchants, who he invited to a meeting in a prestigious Paris hotel. One of the merchants signed a huge cheque for the 7,000 tons of metal.

He even paid a bribe for the exclusive rights… before learning that the Eiffel Tower had in fact never been put up for sale by its rightful owner, the Paris city council.

SOURCE: Espresso

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