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Amarna Princess

The Amarna Princess was a statue created by British forger Shaun Greenhalgh in the style of ancient Egyptian art and sold for $661,000 to the Bolton Museum in Northern England in 2003. The statue was verified as a genuine, 3,300-year-old piece by both Christie's auction house and by the British Museum, according to BBC News.

The artist was investigated by Scotland Yard's Arts and Antiquities Unit, who found that he had been making forgeries for years, and using his kindly octogenarian parents to sell them. He admitted to money laundering and to selling faked and forged objects, and was sentenced to almost five years in prison.

Source: The Bolton News