What a charmed life Jim Dunne leads. The renowned auto spy photographer travels the world snapping sneaky shots of vehicles he shouldn't be glimpsing.
Nine years ago he bought five acres of worthless - for most people - real estate in a remote corner of the Arizona desert. But those five acres, not coincidentally, were adjacent to the Chrysler proving grounds.
Imagine Chrysler's delight as Dunne sat in his back yard with a camera waiting for Chrysler's top-secret cars to whiz by.
The situation has unraveled, with a bad news-good news twist. Last September, in the biggest land deal in Arizona history, Chrysler sold the 5,500-acre proving grounds to developers for more than $400 million - or about $73,000 an acre. And Dunne, with no more photo possibilities, followed suit and sold his spy's nest.
But Dunne managed to come out a little better than Chrysler. He paid about $130,000 for his property - and this year's sale price was $160,000 an acre.