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Friday, June 28, 2013

Breaking News: by John von Daler

SouthCity's Auction House Sells "Life's but a walking shadow" for 300 million Euro's.

About 200 of the world's most well-established quotation collectors were gathered together at SouthCity's literary annex in London. Object? To buy and own Shakespeare's quotation, "Life's but a walking shadow":
“Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
Of course the Faulkner people were there in the small, exclusive auction room with its book-lined walls. The Stratford people were there too. Not so visible were the representatives of the International Actor's Association (InActAss) who appeared incognito, disguised as they were in costumes taken from their documentary stockroom. Our sources reveal that it had been their intention to paper the walls of InActAss International Headquarters in Hollywood, California with Shakespeare's immortal words.
But, no such luck. Strawmen for the Stratford people on both sides of the Atlantic had pooled their ressources. By suspending all Shakespeare productions both places and selling out their reserve holdings in Marlowe quotations they were able to outbid all other parties.
(What would Shakespeare have said about all this, you ask? Give me the money! of course. But somebody else has gotten that.)
Wisely, the world-famous auction house had chosen to separate the incredible speech from Macbeth from it's introductory segment:
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
This segment will be sold at a later date. Rumor has it that that ECA (European Candler Association) might be willing to offer more than four hundred million euros for the quotation! Undoubtedly the Stratford people will be there again, hoping to reunite the two segments. But on which side of the Atlantic? New updates will follow!

NEXT WEEK: "Frankly, Scarlett" a forgery!!! Quotation worth millions loses all value!

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