Pieced together from ancient legends by: The Thinker
The author writes:
I have a dragon sculpture that once sat on my mantlepiece, a few years ago, and it was valued at somewhere in the region of £8,000, apparently. I never sold it, but it went missing during an annual clean-out of the house. I did manage to get it back though, as somehow it made it into the hands of some art dealer (don't ask me how, the bounder probably rooted through my bins at some point, I bet), and when I saw it in his collection I called him out on it. Well, turns out the sculpture was actually a forgery of an original that was destroyed some 30 years ago, and rather than lose face by admitting ownership of a verifiable fake the dealer agreed to sell it to me for a measly 10p. Personally, I don't care if the item happens to be a "fake" (I never really got this particular part of the art world, TBH), I rather like it and it now sits proudly on one of my bookshelves, right alongside my copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.