By the third week of March 1967, the sensational scam was the talk of the international art world. A Texas tycoon was the not-so-proud owner of the biggest collection of forgeries on the planet.

Algur Hurtle Meadows made his first million before the age of 30. Over the next three decades, the shrewd wheeler-dealer amassed a fortune conservatively estimated at $100 million.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at

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