Extra! Extra! Read all about it. The Royal Family of Qatar has purchased Paul Cézanne’s famous artwork The Card Players for about £160 million – the largest wad of dosh ever laid out on an artwork. And remember, you read it here
first…um…well…last, actually; because the sale actually took place back in 2011. For the official report – go here.
However, that is not important because only recently we, at the institute (at enormous effort and practically no expense), have unearthed Paul Cézanne’s actual motivation behind the paintings of card players. In a recent interview with the great grandson of the second cousin, twice removed (and three times escaped) of Cézanne’s paintbrush cleaner, we now learn that the paintings were actually a ghostly warning from beyond the grave, against the risk of buying second-hand playing cards.