Strange but true


An invisible artwork
“How much would you pay for nothing?” For one anonymous European art collector, the answer is $1.2 million. That was the figure paid at a recent Sotheby’s auction in Paris for a receipt written by the French artist Yves Klein to prove the ownership of one of his “invisible art” pieces. Klein, a pioneer of performance art, launched The Void in Paris in 1958, an exhibition in which he placed an empty cabinet in an empty gallery. Thousands showed up to see it. Klein then offered collectors the opportunity to buy invisible works – “Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility” – in exchange for gold. Each purchase came with a receipt, which he urged buyers to burn. One of the collectors, Jacques Kugel, refused to burn his. It has become a valued piece of art in its own right, and was bought by a gallery owner, Loïc Malle, who auctioned it off. The work has been billed as a precursor to today’s NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens), which allow the exchange of digital works.
Marrying triplets
Big Man Stevo, a Kenyan YouTube star, plans to take advantage of the country’s polygamy laws by marrying three women: identical triplets Cate, Eve and Mary. The sisters insist the four way relationship is jealousy free, because they are with Stevo on the condition that he loves them all equally. “Satisfying three ladies isn’t a big deal”, Stevo says, “but it does require timetabling. Every Monday Mary, Tuesday Cate and Eve Wednesday. Then on the weekend we meet all of us and have a good time.”
Lost and found
A teenage magnet fisher found 2,500 Australian dollars in cash in an old safe – and then tracked down its owner so that he could hand the money back. George Tindale, 15, was “fishing” the River Witham in Grantham, England, with his father when they pulled the safe out of the slime. As well as the cash, it contained papers and bank cards that led them to Rob Everett. The safe had been stolen from his office 22 years earlier. “Some people are just wonderful,” he said. “They could have kept the money.”
Service with a sneer
Scilly Islanders, off Cornwall, recently suffered the closure of the last bank branch on the archipelago. In a letter, Lloyds sought to reassure its customers that their nearest branch was now just 71 kilometres away, accessible via ferry services from St Mary’s to Penzance. The return trip costs $246.50, and the ferry does not run in winter.
Bons mots
“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” – Will Rogers, entertainer and humourist, USA

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