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31 July 1996

More Art Fraud

Harriet Hammer made her reputation by copying every name from the entire Manhattan phone directory in longhand. Her exhibits consisted of a couple of large sealed crates filled with the notebooks. (She could get away with that in the 1974.)

It was only after her tragic death at a young age--killed by a drunk driver--that the executors of her estate discovered all the notebooks were blank except for two pages. I miss her.

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