A Limerick A Day


Billionaire John Magnier (top) and his Amedeo Modigliani nude (above) valued at $150m

John Magnier, who’s known to be shrewd
Once purchased a well painted nude
Now it’s back up on sale
And he’ll have a whale
Of a time with the cash he’s accrued

John Moynes

Pics: Getty/RTÉ

41 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I like Modigliani but I don’t really like this one much. I’d only pay $120m for it.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        You’re probably right.

        I’m not overly familiar, and if I’m honest I’ve never seen this one before. I’ve been reading up on Mucha lately. There’s a trip to Praha in the works and I’ve been doing my homework.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Thanks andy, you darling. I might too. I like Portobello. I don’t get out that way all too often. This is a good excuse.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Gah he does and all. And now I’VE got my facts all wrong.

            But yes. Yes I will while I’m in the baroque capital of the world drinking lots and lots of cheap beer. Coz I’m classy, wot.

          3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Oh yeah. The beer. Delicioso, as us Spanish say. Krusovice. YUM! Czech is a hard language to learn, though. I just couldn’t get the basics right.
            The granddaughter is a jeweler in Prague. Her daughter is in Dublin, teaching Spanish and singing. The internetz told me. Does she make jewelry too? I can’t find any of that on the internetz.
            Look at me, pulling a Cian.

          4. Brother Barnabas

            no, no, no

            his granddaughter is a jeweler from prague – sells her stuff out of own stores in prague and barcelona. she lives in dublin.

            her daughter is from prague and barcelona. and is a singer. also lives in dublin. http://www.katerina-garcia.com

            90% of my comments are poo poo

            but you’ve doubted one that falls in the 10%

            so what does that say about you, hmmmmmmm?

          5. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I dunno what he’d do. He doesn’t fit the letter order above, you nincompoop.

          6. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I was actually talking to Janet, Mildred, but it appears as if you are BOTH donkeys.
            No offence, obv.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Cool! Didn’t go there but went to another ossuary in Brno which I think is one of the biggest in Europe. Much like Cork being the second biggest port in the world. #DodgyFacts
            It’s a very interesting country. I had no idea Austerlitz was there.
            Must go back soon. I’d do some damage to a few big tankards of Starobrno right now.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Oh wow. I’ll definitely be czeching that out (ha!).

            Last time I was there we spent most of our time at the Castle and wandering around Old Town and the Jewish quarter.

          3. Papi

            We ended up taking the wrong train and getting a taxi back with this old guy in a beat up banger that he had jazzed up with every Ferrari related sticker and gizmo, fake exhausts and all. Not a word of English, ’twas class.

  1. Martco

    I just don’t get it. I’ve tried several times but still failed to get it. How something like a painted canvas in a frame such as this gets to be worth 150 million squids. Rich people’s tax dodge?

    1. Yep

      Exactly. Always saw high end art as a way to launder money. I’m probably just a poor heathen though

  2. Eoin

    Valued at $150 million but not ‘worth’ $150 million. That crazy price is more down to dollar devaluation than art value appreciation.

  3. bisted

    …I remember George Melley speaking in Sligo about 20 years ago saying that his biggest regret in life was having to sell his Modigliani…

  4. phil

    I feel sorry for John Magnier, the amount of capital gains tax he will have to pay … very sad…

    or is the a get out of tax for guys like him ?

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