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.