The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower—Twice!

Even if you think you know who Victor Lustig is, you don’t. Beyond the charming salutations, the livid scar on his left cheekbone and the made up story about being born in the Czech town of Hostinné in 1890, there’s little knowledge of his identity. In fact this description might just bring another name to your mind—maybe Robert V. Miller, or one of the 47 aliases he rolled with during his conning days. There is one thing that sets him apart from all other swindlers in the world of con art though—it was Victor Lustic who sold the Eiffel Tower, twice.

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