It all started with a bet. Martin came to the Café Central during the Football World Cup 1986 boasting: „Patriotism finally pays off! I just won 500 Deutschmarks worth of free drinks at Café Broadway and a 500 Deutschmarks voucher for food at „Chin’s“ because I bet on Germany’s victory.“ He asked me if I would bet with him on the next game: He offered a drawing worth 1000 Deutschmarks against one week in a double room with breakfast at the bedside and every service imaginable. I lost the bet. The next morning, rather early Martin appeared at the front desk with a little suitcase and demanded his prize. When the week was over, he told me that he liked the idea of living in a hotel and since he was going anyway to Teneriffa during the winter, he could as well give up his apartment in Cologne and stay at the Chelsea in exchange for works of art. This is how the symbiosis between artist and hotelier and the legend of the Chelsea hotel in Cologne started.