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Flickering bulb that was piece of art is mistakenly repaired

A repair man has fixed a flickering light bulb on a Glasgow street sign not knowing it was a valuable piece of art.

The 'faulty' lightbulb was in a neon 'Empire' sign on Brunswick Lane and was the central part of a 200,000 work by Turner-prize winning artist, Douglas Gordon.

The sign was deliberately wired so the letter P blinked to match that of the Empire Hotel in Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo.

That's about $500,000 dollars for a sign. Who's the dimmer bulb, the repair man or the guy who signed the check for the project?


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