Mikhail Gorbachev's Album of Romantic Ballads Bought for $164,940

If Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, never struck you as the romantic type, maybe his recently released musical debut of love songs will change your mind. One caveat: There's only one copy available, and that copy was already sold for £100,000, or about $164,940.

The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner auctioned off his album, Songs for Raisa, for charity in London this week, according to The Guardian. An anonymous British philanthropist dropped the cash for the CD that features seven old Russian romantic ballads, all dedicated to Gorbachev's wife, Raisa, who died 10 years ago.

Although the songs from the CD aren't currently available to anyone but the mysterious music-loving philanthropist, Gorbachev did perform the classic Russian tune "Old Letters" for those who attended the private auction. But for those who missed out, Gorbachev's song can be heard here. Bask in the blissful feeling of not having to spend more than $100,000 to hear the track.

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