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With Astonishing Artifacts From Arthur Conan Doyle, This Exhibit Provides Clues To Sherlock Holmes’s Everlasting Appeal

By all popular accounts, Sherlock Holmes was dead when the American magazine publisher Peter Collier asked Arthur Conan Doyle whether there might be more to the story of his demise. Collier offered $45,000 to Conan Doyle if Holmes turned out to have survived his notorious tumble from Reichenback Falls. “I have done no Sherlock Holmes stories for seven or eight years,” Conan Doyle wrote to his mother, “and I don’t see why I should not have another go at them and earn three times as much money as I can by any other form of work.” Conan Doyle accepted Collier’s suggestion, and found Sherlock to be as vital as ever.
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Cottingley Fairies: The Photo Hoax That Fooled Kodak and Arthur Conan Doyle

Just after the Christmas of 1904, a group of lucky children nestled into their seats at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London for a night of whimsy and wonder. There, they witnessed the first adventure of a boy who could never grow up, clad in autumn leaves and cobwebs. Their eyes expanded with delight as he entered the room of children just like them, on a mission to retrieve a friend.
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