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    [Davy Crockett] Mark Hoffman Forgery of a David Crockett Autograph Document Signed. One page, 6.5" x 4.5", n.p., "December the 24th." This small age toned piece of paper, affixed to a piece of cardboard, bears the faded testimony of Margaret and David Crockett with regard to the "rights and claims that she had to the land that was wilt [sic] to her by her husband William Crokit [sic], the land whare [sic] the said John Crokitt [sic] was liv[ing]."

    Although its lack of authenticity was not discovered until some time after its purchase, this piece is a forgery, created by Mark Hoffman, American counterfeiter, forger and murderer. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished forgers in history, Hofmann is especially noted for his creation of documents relating to the history of the Latter Day Saints religious movement. When Hofmann's schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison. The document is heavily worn along the edges, with significant simulated age toning and affixed to a cabinet card mounting to appear to be from the period.

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    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
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