Tall Tales

‘Drowned woman’ turns out to be headless sex doll

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Dorset beach

A heroic pensioner who rushed to the aid of a drowned woman was surprised when she turned out to be a headless silicone sex doll. Chris Ford, 67, was searching for driftwood on a beach in Dorset when he thought he spotted the dead body of a woman with all her “bits on show”, said the Daily Mirror. “I am always out collecting driftwood after storms so I fully expected to see a human body one day but never this,” Ford said, adding: “It certainly made my day.”

Bored guard vandalises painting

An expensive painting was vandalised by a “bored” security guard who drew pairs of eyes on faceless figures during his first day working in a Russian gallery, said The Guardian. Russian artist Anna Leporskaya’s avant-garde Three Figures, which was painted in the 1930s, had been insured for 75m roubles (£740,000). “His motives are still unknown but the administration believes it was some kind of a lapse in sanity,” said a spokesperson at the Yeltsin Centre in west-central Russia. 

Sneaker auction makes $25.3m

An auction of 200 pairs of the Louis Vuitton and Nike Air Force 1 trainers created by late American designer Virgil Abloh fetched $25.3m in total. Announcing the unexpectedly high sum, Sotheby’s said more than $350,000 was paid for just one of the pairs during an online sale that ran from 26 January to 8 February. Takings from the auction will benefit a scholarship fund set up by Abloh that supports aspiring designers of black, African-American and African descent.

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