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Fake Monkey Automatons

Beware of fake monkey automatons (or, if you are a purist: automata).

Don’t be fooled, these are of completely modern fabrication, and virtually all of them seen to date did at one time have a fairly large, old-looking makers label glued to the rear panel. We’ve only found one example so far, from a collector in Europe, which still has the ingenious yet fake label still attached.

So wrote Jere Ryder in the Mechanical Music Digest, on March 28, 2002.

(Thanks to investigator Barsky Breem for bringing this to our attention.)

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