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6th Mar '17 5:10:08 AM scooter
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** In the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth Doctor]] story "The Ribos Operation", the scripted backstory for the conman Garron was that he had fled Earth after successfully selling an alien warlord the Sydney Opera House. The accent that the Doctor remarks on--changed to Somerset in the filmed version--was originally supposed to be Australian. When Iain Cuthbertson was cast the Australian backstory went, but the titular operation still involves selling not just a landmark but an entire planet to an ambitious but obtuse noble.
2nd Mar '17 3:15:40 PM MugenKagemaru
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-->'''Yoko Belnades''': Right, and I've got a bridge to sell you! Don't b fooled by his appearance! He's not who you think he is.

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-->'''Yoko Belnades''': Right, and I've got a bridge to sell you! Don't b be fooled by his appearance! He's not who you think he is.
2nd Mar '17 3:14:55 PM MugenKagemaru
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* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' has this gem from Yoko.
-->'''Soma Cruz''': No way! He[[labelnote:*]][[spoiler:Graham]][[/labelnote]] did not look like a bad guy.
-->'''Yoko Belnades''': Right, and I've got a bridge to sell you! Don't b fooled by his appearance! He's not who you think he is.
5th Feb '17 6:39:05 AM Kinswaous
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** Another Uncle Scrooge story has Scrooge and his nephews trying to buy famous landmarks from all over the world. Everybody just angrily tells him no, until he gets to "buy" the Cheops pyramid from a local huckster in Cairo.
2nd Jan '17 1:41:10 AM Borghen
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* Italian actor Totò sold nothing less than the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) to a gullible american tourist in "Totòtruffa '62" ("Totòscam '62").
19th Nov '16 10:06:34 PM gemmabeta2
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TruthInTelevision in the early 20th century. Yes, there were actually people who were [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough stupid enough]].[[note]] The attempt to sell the Eiffel Tower was helped by the fact that the tower was originally meant to be a temporary structure, so it wasn't too surprising that a company would be allowed to buy it, dismantle it, and use it for scrap metal. So yes, not as stupid as most fictional examples, who do not even have a whole show of governmental officials who want to do it discreetly.[[/note]]

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TruthInTelevision in the early 20th century. Yes, there were actually people who were [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough stupid enough]].[[note]] The attempt to sell the Eiffel Tower was helped by the fact that the tower was originally meant to be a temporary structure, so it wasn't too surprising that a company would be allowed to buy it, dismantle it, and use it for scrap metal. Furthermore, the people "selling" the Brooklyn Bridge were not literally selling the bridge (and expecting the buyers to take the structure home with them); instead they were selling the right to collect tolls over it. So yes, not as stupid as most fictional examples, who do not even have a whole show of governmental officials who want to do it discreetly.[[/note]]
10th Oct '16 5:33:39 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'': In the episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E5TheRoadToHope The Road to Hope]]", Hannibal, discussing how suspicious their latest client is, says she should be selling the Brooklyn bridge. Face [[ComicallyMissingThePoint responds that the Brooklyn bridge goes for more than she's offering]], which he knows [[ConMan thanks to pulling that particular con himself]].
22nd Sep '16 9:31:03 AM TheCheshireCat
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* And, in a subversion, a gentleman from Arizona bought [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_(Lake_Havasu_City) London Bridge]] and the city of London duly dismantled it and shipped it out to Arizona. (They built [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge another one]] in its place). Rumor has it that the purchaser was dismayed because he thought he was buying the much more iconic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_bridge Tower Bridge]], though the Other Wiki insists that this has been Jossed.

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* And, in a subversion, a gentleman from Arizona bought [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_(Lake_Havasu_City) London Bridge]] and the city of London duly dismantled it and shipped it out to Arizona. (They built [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge another one]] in its place). Rumor has it that the purchaser was dismayed because he thought he was buying the much more iconic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_bridge Tower Bridge]], though the Other Wiki insists that this has been Jossed. He also made a profit on the sale (the value of the bridge as a tourist attraction raising the value of the land where it was placed, which he owned), so it doesn't really matter whether or not it was the bridge he meant to buy since he still came out ahead.
19th Sep '16 3:31:40 AM DaibhidC
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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ThargsFuture Shocks'' strip "Grawks Bearing Gifts" in ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', the Grawks are alien (and stereotypically Australian) tourists, who have people lining up to play this con on them, until [[spoiler: they reveal that under Galactic Law ''all these sales are valid'', and they now own the planet]].

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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ThargsFuture Shocks'' ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'' strip "Grawks Bearing Gifts" in ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', the Grawks are alien (and stereotypically Australian) tourists, who have people lining up to play this con on them, until [[spoiler: they reveal that under Galactic Law ''all these sales are valid'', and they now own the planet]].
19th Sep '16 3:31:23 AM DaibhidC
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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''Future Shocks'' strip "Grawks Bearing Gifts" in ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', the Grawks are alien (and stereotypically Australian) tourists, who have people lining up to play this con on them, until [[spoiler: they reveal that under Galactic Law ''all these sales are valid'', and they now own the planet]].

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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''Future ''ComicBook/ThargsFuture Shocks'' strip "Grawks Bearing Gifts" in ''Comicbook/TwoThousandAD'', the Grawks are alien (and stereotypically Australian) tourists, who have people lining up to play this con on them, until [[spoiler: they reveal that under Galactic Law ''all these sales are valid'', and they now own the planet]].
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