Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2013]
Origins: These seemingly old (19th century) photographs of spitting images for actors Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, who starred together in the 1997 film Face/Off (playing an FBI agent and a terrorist who exchange faces), hit the Internet in September 2011 when both were put up for sale by different sellers on the auction site eBay.
In the former case, the seller was Jack Mörd of Seattle, Washington, an antiques dealer who maintained that the 4" by
The picture was found in the back of an album that contained many unusual death portraits from the Civil War era — but the Nicolas Cage lookalike was not identified by name,
It is believed the photo was taken by a confederate Civil War prisoner of war
To justify the steep price, Mörd made the case that his possession was actual photographic proof that Cage is a real vampire — not just an actor who played one in the 1988 movie "Vampire’s Kiss."
"Personally, I believe it’s him (in the photograph) and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire ... who quickens/reinvents himself once every
"My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor 'Nicolas Cage' will 'die',"
"But in reality, the undead vampire "Nicolas Cage" will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over.
The publicity generated by the Cage "vampire" photo prompted an unidentified Ontario, Canada, photograph collector to
"I've had this interesting photograph for years and I've been unable to part with it," the seller said on the auction site.
"When you look at it and into the eyes of the sitter you will see what I mean!
"It hasn't been changed, tampered with or altered in any way. It is clear and is as nice as the day it was taken roughly
"I know you are saying John Travolta is alive today in 2011 and he doesn’t look
Last updated: 20 March 2013
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