Hopes for a huge haul on a bevy of original Cottingley Fairy photos and artifacts put up for auction this week were dashed when the images fetched less than what experts expected and, in some cases, weren't purchased at all. Considered one of the greatest photographic hoaxes of all time, the images showing a pair of girls interacting with fairies were the subject of incredible public interest in the 1910s and spawned decades of debate over their veracity until they were ultimately revealed to be fake in 1983. Despite the truth about the photos coming to light nearly 40 years ago, the images have continued to capture people's imagination to this day.
After a pair of images sold for a jaw-dropping ten times the expected amount at an auction last October, a subsequent sale of even more fairy photos yesterday looked to be even more profitable. However, it would appear that the offerings did not generate the kind of bidding war that auctioneers had envisioned as they wound up selling for around $65,000 total, which is $25,000 less than the $90,000 estimate for the complete collection. To that end, of the 14 lots put up for auction, four went unsold altogether.
Find out why experts believe this second sale of fairy photos ended up being so underwhelming at the Coast to Coast AM website.