My biological father once sent me a check for $50k, I tore it up and threw it in the garbage. $1.8M would be tough to pass up, but if you truly believe the property is "sacred", whatever that means to you, then maybe it can't be bought. This original story was written 5 years ago, it still has not been sold, so for whatever reasons, he's sticking to his guns. Maybe he's righteous, maybe he has a trust fund no one knows about, but clearly he doesn't need or want the money and he's not getting any younger. He's certainly not living off the income generated by his partner's "art".