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Ailsa Craig, island home to curling stones, seeks buyer

Curling Japan Qualifying Tournament - Qualifier

SAPPORO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 14: A view of Red and yellow stones on ice during the last day of qualifier for the Curling Japan Qualifying Tournament at Dohgin Curling Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Sapporo, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

Ken Ishii

As curling has gained Olympic popularity, so has the tale of the origin of its 44-pound stones.

Every four years, some columnist, somewhere, mentions the uninhabited volcanic Scottish isle of Ailsa Craig and its unique blue hone granite. A majority of the world’s curling stones come from Ailsa Craig.

Well, now that island can be yours for a reported $2.4 million. It’s actually a steal. The original listed price for the 220 acres was $4 million.

Aisla Craig was first put up for sale two years ago, but the news gained steam with a New York Times story Sunday.

“It’s going to go out of the family,” the owner, Scottish peer Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, told the newspaper. “But I think of it this way: It’s not going anywhere. It’s always going to be there, and it really doesn’t matter who owns it.”

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