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Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower

Posted in Absurd, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Industry, News on Saturday, 21 November 2015

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Many will not know about Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower, and this clever picture presents an oddly respectable portrait of the con artist and hoaxer, whose pictured smooth looks and dress sense helped to make him a very convincing civil servant, government minister or whatever else he might need to be. His monocle, of course, was a risque but confidently clever touch. That several Parisian scrap dealers could believe the French Government wanted to sell the Eiffel Tower for scrap defies comprehension, but for a while they did.

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Victor Lustig, The Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower

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