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These items were put up for sale, and instantly caused controversy

Lovemoney Logo By Mab Jones of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 24: We assume that items sold at auction are real, reputable and legal, but this isn't always the case. Looting and lies, forgery and theft, plus the odd stunt, can all feature in a world where the stakes are high and the profit margins huge. From art to ancient relics to Madonna's belongings, click through to take a look at some of the most controversial sales of all time.

Controversial sales

We assume that items sold at auction are real, reputable and legal, but this isn't always the case. Looting and lies, forgery and theft, plus the odd stunt, can all feature in a world where the stakes are high and the profit margins huge. From art to ancient relics to Madonna's belongings, click through to take a look at some of the most controversial sales of all time.

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