The tale of the Bronze Rat
It seems that one fine day a gentleman was browsing through an antiques store when he came upon a life-size sculpture of a rat made of bronze. He decided he must have this and took it to the counter.
"Ten dollars for the rat, and an additional $1000 if you'd like to hear its legend."
"The rat will be fine, thanks."
Shortly after leaving the store, he notices he is being followed by live rats. Eventually there are thousands of them back there. He got scared, ran to the river and threw in the bronze rat. The live ones followed it into the river and all drowned.
He returns to the store.
"Sir, have you returned to hear the legend?"
"No, I'm here to buy a bronze Republican."
had the rat being made of brass, and the buyer returning for a brass statue of a lawyer.