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This picture shows vintage cars once owned by a shipping magnate in France -- not the garage of a Nigerian politician

Published on 16/10/2020 at 14:41

Multiple posts shared thousands of times on Facebook alongside a picture of rusty oldtimers claim to show the garage of a former Nigerian senior politician. This is false: AFP Fact Check found that the photo depicts a range of expensive vintage cars that once belonged to a business magnate in France. A Paris-based auction house confirmed it had taken the image as part of a publicity campaign to sell the collection of 60 vehicles in 2015, which it did for a record-breaking 25 million euros ($29 million).