The little village of Courbefy in Limousin was sold under the hammer in Limoges Court to New York based South Korean photographer and artist Ahae for €520,000. It had originally been put up for sale with a guide price of Euros 300,000. This included the entire village with its 19 houses, public buildings, tennis court, swimming pool and stables.
The news of the village which had been abandoned went viral as internet interest spiralled, generating massive interest for the sale second time round on 21 May 2012.
The artist, now deceased became the new lord of the Manor and beat off serious interest from other bidders including TV companies. Neighbouring villagers continue to await news of what will come next for Courbefy. It was believed the artist wanted to practice his organic lifestyle concept and high interest in farming as well as art.
Ahae (he is known only by one name) was a well-known and respected artist who exhibited around the world including the Jardin des Tuileries. He was also a martial arts expert and inventor of some note.