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One Million Pounds Burnt on Jura

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Ardfin Boathouse 2009, 2009
Ardfin Boathouse 2009
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One million pounds were burnt in a fire in a remote boathouse on the Isle of Jura, in the Inner Hebrides, on 23 August 1994.

The event took place in the early hours of the morning, when Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty were filmed methodically burning £1 million in cash. This was said to be the bulk of the money they earned from record sales.[1]

The pair were behind music act The KLF which, in 1991, was the biggest selling singles act in the world.

Their extreme action has provoked intense debate ever since, but never really been explained in any reasonable manner.

Newspaper reports from the time could scarcely believe anyone would do such a thing, yet footage exists of the duo carefully placing handfuls of £50 notes into a fire, and can be seen in the following clip from The Late Late Show:

K foundation burn a million quid

Ardfin Boathouse 2016, 2016
Ardfin Boathouse 2016
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1 Why did the KLF burn £1 million in cash on Scots island of Jura? - The Scotsman Retrieved January 21, 2017.

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