The first of the five Cottingley Fairies photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the ‘fairies’.

Fake fairy photos that even fooled the creator of Sherlock Holmes fetch 10 times their estimated value at UK auction

Images were taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, 16, and her nine-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths by using Wright’s father’s camera, coloured paper cut-outs, and hat pins

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The first of the five Cottingley Fairies photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the ‘fairies’.
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