Money Vandal/Artist Strikes Again

By Gary Cutlack on at

Artist Graham Short, who kicked off a nationwide treasure hunt in 2016 when he etched a likeness of Jane Austen on the then-new polymer £5 notes, is at it again. He's used the last few weeks productively in etching a 5mm image of England footballer Harry Kane on six fivers, three of which are now in circulation and ready to be found.

Each note has been insured for £50,000 Short says, so if you are statistically fortunate enough to find one, you may reasonably expect your eBay auction to hit sums of around that level. Production of the notes was commissioned by the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery, which asked for six to be made. One's gone to the FA, one's gone to Kane himself, with the other four to be spent in shops around the UK and enter general circulation for us normals to unknowingly spend on discounted stale doughnuts.

He didn't manage to get consecutive serial numbers this time, though. Three notes have already been spent in Meriden, Edinburgh and Merthyr Tydfil, with the fourth saved for putting into circulation during a forthcoming trip to Northern Ireland. [Graham Short via Metro]