Arthur Furguson (1883–1938) was a Scottish
con artistwho became known for selling British national monuments and other government property to visiting American tourists during the 1920s.
In the 1920s, Furguson sold monuments such as
Nelson's Columnin Trafalgar Square(for the sum of £6,000), Big Ben (£1,000 for a down payment), and Buckingham Palace(£2,000 for a down payment) to American tourists.
Furguson emigrated into the USA in 1925. He sold the
White Houseto a rancher on the installment plan for yearly payments of $100,000, and tried to sell the Statue of Libertyto a visiting Australian, who went to the police. Furguson was imprisoned and was released in 1930. He continued to defraud people in Los Angeles until his death in 1938.
Further reading and references
*Ayto, John and Ian Crofton. "Brewer's Britain & Ireland". London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006. ISBN 0-304-35385-X
*cite book | last = (Editor) | first = Reader's | title = Strange Stories, Amazing Facts | publisher = Readers Digest | location = Sydney | year = 1981 | isbn = 0895770288 | pages = 470-471
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