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71,080. In April 2004 it was listed for auction by Sotherby’s in New York. The upper estimate was an astonishing $24 million … Part of a collection of nine imperial Easter eggs amassed over the previous forty years by the Forbes Foundation in New York. But that sale never took place. (Egg & Antiques & Auction) The World’s Most Beautiful Eggs: The Genius of Carl Fabergé, BBC 2013
71,081. Fabergé made just fifty of these unique pieces. (Egg & Antiques & Auction) ibid.
57,825. The black market for selling antiquities was very bad. Egypt was raped. We call it the Rape of the Nile. They raped the Nile. They took this heritage out of the country. And it’s now everywhere. (Egypt & Antiques) Dr Zahi Hawass
63,490. Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. Francis Bacon 1561-1626, The Advancement of Learning
63,491. Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. Ralph Waldo Emerson
14,883. Antique documents worth millions. Techniques that fooled America’s greatest experts. A master-plan so profound it takes years to unfold. And a brilliant mind [Mark Hofmann] driven to the absolute edge. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) The Man Who Forged America, BBC 2003
14,884. 1980 Salt Lake City Utah. Home of the Mormon Church. The setting for a discovery that sent shock waves around America. Mark Hofmann, a first year medical student, has brought an old Bible. Stuck between its pages is a mysterious document ... The long-lost Anthon transcript. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,885. Hofmann sells his amazing find to the Mormon Church for $20,000. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,886. Hofmann makes another incredibly find. He unearths three Joseph Smith letters that he sells for $95,000. The money pours in. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,887. Over the next year Hofmann makes more apparent discoveries including documents of national importance from the hand of Daniel Boone, Abe Lincoln, George Washington and Jack London. His fame spreads. The Mormon Church believes he is touched by God. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,888. The world’s most astounding series of forgeries. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,889. Over six hundred extraordinary forgeries. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,890. He creates the Salamander letter, the first in a series of controversial documents that threatens the very foundation of the Mormon Church. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,891. Hofmann now travels east ... He creates an entirely new persona for himself. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,892. Hofmann poses as an innocent history buff. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,893. The Oath of a Freeman ... His asking price $1.5 million. He has reached the pinnacle of the forger’s art. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,894. And it isn’t long before some of his disgruntled investors get ugly. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) ibid.
14,895. Hofmann targets [Mac] Christensen because he was about to expose Hofmann’s financial dealings. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) bid.
14,897. As investigators circle closer to Hofmann as their killer the case throws a cloud of doubt over the Church’s documents and others Hofmann has sold from coast to coast. (Murder & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) News report cited ibid.
14,896. His [Mark Hofmann] great desire in life was to fool the experts. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City & Experts) Robert Stott, prosecutor
14,898. Mark Hofmann was a forger and shrewd observer of human behavior. Like any good con-man, he knew part of his success manufacturing and selling fake historical documents depended on willing victims – people who wanted to believe his claims.
Growing up Mormon, Hofmann realized he was surrounded by credulous people who were trained to trust those who presented themselves as authorities ...
From his years of poking around old documents and studying church history, Hofmann knew there were skeletons in the Mormon closet. Authentic LDS history is far murkier than the official version. He also knew the church was interested in acquiring potentially embarrassing documents so they could suppress them ...
So Hofmann concocted the ‘Salamander letter’, an account of Joseph Smith encountering a talking salamander that turned into an angel. The forgery neatly connected the Smith family’s occult practices with the origins of Mormonism ...
How is it that church leaders could meet several times with Mark Hofmann and never discern the dark spirit inside him? How could they not recognize the devil within their midst? And how many times before had they failed at similar challenges? How many more times would they fail? ...
What about the church’s document experts? Well, they turned out not to be so expert.
Before Hofmann started blowing up people, the church trumpeted the Salamander letter as a marvelous, wonderful new find while carefully spinning its content. After law enforcement forgery experts declared the Salamander letter a fake, however, the brethren had to spin their way back out without making it look like they had been duped and swindled. Furthermore, they resisted cooperating with the investigation out of fear their ineptitude would be further exposed.
The Hofmann case was a shameful moment of ecclesiastical bungling. I don’t imagine it’s an isolated case. The brethren work pretty much in secret, with no checks and balances, answering to no one, except each other and the still, small voices they hear in their heads. (Murder Cases & Forgery & Mormons & Antiques & Salt Lake City) Stray Mutt, RFM board post, ‘For Newbies and Lurking TBMs – A Review of the Hofmann Case’
73,454. Forgery, being the weirdest form of creativity there is, like antiques, costs lives. Why is it that antiques demand sacrificial victims? Dunno, but if they don’t get enough, forgery does. You want proof? Here it is: Once a faker’s found out, he dies. Truly. It always happens. (Forgery & Fake & Antiques) Jonathan Gash, Jade Woman
73,651. The risks in antiques fraud are relative. Other criminals risk the absolute. You’ve never heard of a fraudster involved in a shoot-out, of the ‘Come and get me, copper!’ sort. Or of some con artist needing helicopter gunships to bring him. No, we subtle-mongers do it with the smile, the promise, the hint. And we have one great ally: greed. And make no mistake. Greed is everywhere, like weather. (Fraud & Antiques & Greed) Jonathan Gash, The Great California Game
93,631. In the golden age of British furniture – the 18th century – one man defined the age in wood. He stood for luxury, elegance, the finest furniture ever to come from these isles. His name – Thomas Chippendale. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) Carved With Love: The Genius of British Woodwork I: The Extraordinary Thomas Chippendale, BBC 2013
93,632. Chippendale was betrayed by the very men he tried so hard to please. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.
93,633. There was a new wood on the block – Mahogany. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.
93,634. He came to be known as the High Priest of Mahogany. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.
93,635. The first ever furniture catalogue – The Gentlemen and Cabinet Maker’s Director. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.
93,636. A leader of furniture design in London. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.
93,637. Robert Adam: a fresh style which came to be known as neo-classicism. (Wood & Furniture & Antiques) ibid.