As a collector of classic cars there is nothing better than having one that is genuinely authentic, my oldest at the moment is a 1947 Bentley Mk VI which still has it’s original seats which have the most wonderful patina of age, slightly creased, slightly faded and a little worn, but so would you be if someone had sat on you since 1947.
There are plenty of modern copies of all sorts of things, but I wouldn’t give you tuppence for a modern copy compared to the old original, for the modern version lacks character which the older version has in spades.
My old car still has it’s original valve radio, which takes some time to warm up and will only receive Her Majesty’s, BBC Radio Four, but you can’t beat it for being authentic.
There are many things in life where it is much better to have the authentic item, money being one of them, for even a wheel barrow full of fakes is still worthless, although sometimes fakes can become worth considerable amounts of money.
Tom Keating the prolific British art faker who was said to have faked over 2000 paintings was only discovered when auctioneers noticed there were thirteen Samuel Palmer watercolour paintings for sale, all of them depicting the same theme, the village of Shoreham in Kent.
He escaped jail through ill health but later recovered and continued to paint and ironically his paintings became highly sought after as everybody wanted to own an authentic painting by the famous forger Tom Keating.
That’s the great thing about real life, the best and most authentic stories are often so good, you couldn’t make them up.