A photograph was recently discovered being sold on eBay. The photo is of a Tennessee man, and it dates back to around the 1860s or 1870s. But the thing about this particular man, is that he looks an awful lot like a one Mr. Nicolas Cage.
So much so that the seller is even using this in his description, claiming the Cage must be some sort of vampire. Now, some have taken the seller to be completely serious in his statements (especially with a Buy It Now price of $1,000,000 set), but as you can see in the Q&A section at the bottom of the page, he’s actually a pretty funny dude and, even though it sounds like a legit 19th century photograph, is likely just having some fun with it (unless, of course, someone actually pays up that kinda coin, in which case he would be a genius).
You can see the image below and read the seller’s description by heading on below now.
Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like
Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of
walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents
himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might
be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.
This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated
in Photoshop or any other graphics program. It’s an original photo
of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.
For the many of you insisting that this is a Photoshop manipulation:
Any serious potential buyer will be allowed to have a photo expert
of their choice examine the original photograph before any money
I’ve had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this. As followers
of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography –
images of dead people – from the 1800s. This photo was found in
the very back of album that contained an unusual number of
Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of
the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified
by name – this man was not.
The ears are different!
Comment by Marijo — September 18, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
i do this sort of work and i’d have done it better. the orientation of the face (to the ears) and then the lighting and clarity of the face compare to the ears (much less the rest of the body) is a very good indicator of photoshopery afoot.
Comment by Joven Martinez — September 19, 2011 @ 4:46 pm
the ears are different and so are the lips
Comment by checho — September 30, 2011 @ 10:16 am
ears are different, mouth is different, eyes are different. This looks literally nothing like Nick Cage. Some people will buy into anything….
Comment by Asdf — October 1, 2011 @ 10:29 am
the ears are different but that doesnt mean he couldnt have had surgery done at some point over the years… lol but the logical thing is that maybe the are related someone because the resemblance isnt that far off!
Comment by TheRed — October 12, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
The face clearly doesn’t face the direction the rest of the head does. Hence why the ears look different. Whilst it is a nice job, it’s not authentic.
Comment by Rene Cerney — October 28, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Nah, the eyes are different as well as the ears. I’m calling some crazy guy with somewhat mediocre Photoshop skills, or really bad eyesight. Or he’s delusional. Or all three. Oh, or the MOST sensible thing, it’s just a relative. If we exhausted all options and couldn’t prove those things, maybe it is zombie/vampire/phoenix-man -Nick Cage, and we are all wrong. But that is just… not likely. :3
Comment by Niki Glasgow — November 18, 2011 @ 1:46 pm
The one who will but it will be even more dumber than the one selling it!!
Comment by RipXo — November 19, 2011 @ 3:49 am
you can’t be “more dumber.” you’re either “more dumb” or “dumber.” the “er” in dumber takes the place of “more.”
also, the ears are different.. but nicholas cage should look into his roots in tennessee.
Comment by x88 — November 19, 2011 @ 5:56 am
one word… FAKE… anybody can notice that even a kid…
Comment by Roy Grados — December 6, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
Photoshop – the face is looking straight at the camera while the rest of the head is not.
Comment by Cyborg3k — December 27, 2011 @ 11:41 am
Only the ears, otherwise, amazing.Â
Comment by Molly Cruz — January 2, 2012 @ 9:50 am