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WALESA'S PIPE, A HOT INVESTMENT?

A Polish man spent more than one-quarter of his life's savings to buy a pipe used by former Solidarity trade union hero and ex-President Lech Walesa, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported Tuesday.

The Pole, a tailor identified only by his first name, Jan, took 10,500 zlotys ($2,296) from his 40,000-zloty savings to buy the pipe in an auction for a children's charity.

"Lech Walesa is my man. Nobody's smarter, and the pipe is great. . . . It is my insurance policy," Gazeta quoted Jan as saying.

He said he planned to auction off the pipe in a few years for a big profit.

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