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Dec 17, 2009 10:30 AM by Lauren Jiggetts

Rare manuscript turns out to be worthless fake

A rare and prized possession is uncovered as a fraud of biblical proportions.

The "Gospel of St. Mark" is housed at the University of Chicago.

Once thought to be a rare manuscript from the 1300's and worth millions, it was highly-protected in a climate controlled case.

But it's a fake.

Researchers discovered that the blue pigment used in the work was not available until the early 1700's.

The university bought the fake in 1937 from a Greek family.

The manuscript will remain in the university's collection but will be labeled as a forgery.



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