The story here is that an Ebay seller apparently found this old carte-de-visite showing a Nicholas Cage lookalike—and reached what is surely the only reasonable explanation, which is that the photo proves Nicholas Cage is a vampire.
I love that. "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," wrote the seller. Logic inaction, as Jon Stewart might put it.
eonline.com reports that "the collector revealed that the antique memorial photo is a portrait of Lieutenant G. B. Smith, a Confederate prisoner, that was taken in 1864 at Johnson's Island prison camp in Ohio."
The auction has either ended or been taken down. The asking price for the proof of actor Cage's undeadness was $1 million. I secretly hope the end of the auction means that somebody paid it! That would be an impressive sucking of blood.
UPDATE: Turns out there is much more photographic interest to this story than meets the eye. If this is indeed Lt. G. B. Smith, a.k.a. Lt. Robert M. Smith, Confederate prisoner at Johnson's Island, then he might be the man who apparently set up a clandestine photo studio and darkroom while in prison! The fascinating story was featured on the PBS show "History Detectives" and can be found at timesnews.net, the website of the Kingsport, Tenn., Times-News. Thanks to D. C. Wells for this.
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Featured Comment by TBannor: "Yep. And Rob Lowe hasn't aged a bit during his career. Coincidence? I think not."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "Aren't vampires unphotographable? On that basis alone I have to doubt this."
Featured Comment by Eli Burakian: "Interestingly, my uncle produced a film in 1988 called 'Vampire's Kiss,' in which the main character, played by none other than Nicolas Cage, thought he was bitten by a vampire and consequently believed that he was turning into one. I'll ask my uncle whether the fact that he was actually a true vampire had anything to do with his getting the part."