Bohemian sculptor Amadeo Modigliani was born here in 1884. In Paris, his womanizing was notorious, and he drank himself to death at age 35. Rumor held that a despondent Modigliani had thrown some of his works into a canal on his last visit to his hometown. In 1984, several sculptures were dredged up and trumpeted as his lost works. Just before they sold for millions of dollars, some school kids appeared on national TV showing how they'd made the works themselves -- one of the most successful art hoaxes of the century.
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