The phone rings. He looks at caller ID and sees it’s his friend Alex.
“Hi, how are things, Al?”
“Fine with me. I wanted to check with you about a rumor that’s circulating that you’re the guy who bought that da Vinci for $450 million.”
“Wow! Word sure travels fast, and I wanted to keep that info under wraps.”
“So much for privacy. Why’d you do it?”
“Impulse. Pure impulse. I had a $500 million dollar bill in my wallet, and I just had to have it. Told the auctioneer to keep the change!”
“Enjoy your masterpiece, Baron von Münchausen.”
The Purchase, by Ann-Louise Truschel
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