Cottingley Fairies photos sell for over £50k

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A series of famous Cottingley Fairies photographs have sold at auction for more than £50,000.

The images, captured by cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths in the village of Cottingley in 1917, captivated viewers until they were exposed as a hoax.

Auctioneers estimated the full 13 lots would fetch about £65,000.

It was not until 1983 that Frances Griffiths confessed the photographs had been faked - although she maintained the fifth and final photograph was genuine.

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