Correction: France-Village for Sale story

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Posted: May 22, 2012 2:15 PM
Correction: France-Village for Sale story

In a May 21 story about the abandoned French hamlet of Courbefy being sold at auction to a photographer, the buyer's name was incorrectly spelled. He goes by one name and that is Ahae. A corrected version of the story follows.


PARIS (AP) _ An abandoned hamlet in central France will find a new life with a noted photographer from New York state who has bought the place _ stables and all.

Courbefy was sold to Ahae at auction on Monday for euro520,000 ($665,000). The artist's plans for the property, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Paris, weren't immediately clear.

The artist of South Korean origin, who goes by only one name, has an exhibition scheduled at the Louvre Museum next month. He wasn't present for the auction at the Limoges courthouse.

Paul Gerardin, lawyer for Credit Agricole bank which repossessed the hamlet after its owners went broke, said that Ahae outbid two others _ a Belgian and an Irishman hoping to use Courbefy for a reality TV show.

Courbefy went on the bloc for euro330,000. No one bid at an initial auction.