This story is astonishing but true. Bolton Council spent £440,000 on a 3,000-year-old Egyptian artefact, a statue of King Tut's half-sister, which had been owned by a Bolton family for more than a century.
And what do you know? It turned out to be a fraud.
To be fair, they did ask experts before they signed the cheque. But why were they prepared to spend council taxpayers' money like this?