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In this photo taken Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012, the French village of Saint Nicolas Courbefy, in Limousin, a region in central France, is seen for sale. The entire hamlet carried an asking price of just euro 300,000 ($440,000), the cost of a studio apartment in Paris. (AP Photo/Sarah DiLorenzo)

Artist buys abandoned French town

An abandoned hamlet in central France will find a new life with a noted photographer from New York state who has bought the place — stables and all. Courbefy was sold to artist Ahea at auction on May 21 for $665,000. The artist's plans for the property, some 280 miles southwest of Paris, weren't immediately clear.