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Collectors may search for years for the most coveted rarities in their field. For some, the urge to top off their collection by buying that completer piece could leave them prone to believing they've struck it rich when it's really fool's gold.

Whether sales take place at antique shops, flea markets, online, or at top auction houses, no marketplace can completely protect buyers from sellers who are unscrupulous or simply unaware they're peddling fraudulent items. Here's a roundup of commonly faked items in popular categories of collecting.

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By Colleen Kane
Posted 19 March 2013


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