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Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:27

Recovered Nazi artifacts in Argentina might be fake

Written by  Brielle Paul

The mysterious trove of Nazi artifacts found earlier this week in Argentina could be fake, according to a leading World War II and Nazi artifact auctioneer.

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The mysterious trove of Nazi artifacts found earlier this week in Argentina could be fake, according to a leading World War II and Nazi artifact auctioneer.

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    Bill Panagopulos, president of Maryland-based Alexander Historical Auctions, told the Washington Examiner that both the Argentinian government and media were deceived by the “carnival-quality garbage.”

    “What a bunch of ersatz liverwurst!” he said.

    Panagopulos called the discovered items obvious replicas and historical fakes after seeing the video and pictures provided by the police.

    Panagopulos’ assertion contradicts comments made by Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich to the Associated Press on Monday.

    “Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Bullrich said.

    The AP had reported that a collection of 75 objects from the Third Reich, including magnifying glasses inside boxes with swastikas and a bas relief of Adolf Hitler, was found in a hidden room inside an art collector’s home in Argentina. Officials believed that the articles once belonged to high-ranking Nazi Germans during World War II.

    The art collector is still under investigation.


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    I don't care how talented you are. You can not determine authenticity by looking at a picture or video. The items in question have to be examined on hand. Bill Panagopulos is overreaching his expertise, if he expects us to believe he can make a determination such as this, without an actual examination. It's tantamount to a Doctor looking at an individuals picture, and saying, he's got cancer. Ridiculous!

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