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"I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall"

Artsy presents a well-edited 4-part series of videos on The Art Market: Auctions, Galleries, Patrons, and Art Fairs
posted by Theta States on Aug 18, 2016 - 3 comments

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Amateur Auction Theorist

I am inclined to offer Mr. Vieweg from Berlin an epic poem, Hermann and Dorothea, which will have approximately 2000 hexameters. …Concerning the royalty we will proceed as follows: I will hand over to Mr. Counsel Böttiger a sealed note which contains my demand, and I wait for what Mr. Vieweg will suggest to offer for my work. If his offer is lower than my demand, then I take my note back, unopened, and the negotiation is broken. If, however, his offer is higher, then I will not ask for more than what is written in the note to be opened by Mr. Böttiger.
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 13, 2016 - 7 comments

The Dr. Hans Sachs Poster Collection: Auction II

The second of 3 auctions of the Dr. Hans Sachs poster collection (scroll down for text) can now be viewed online. Day One, Day Two, and Day Three. A sample (click image to enlarge). Previously...
posted by indices on Oct 25, 2013 - 2 comments

The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre

"People haven’t been fascinated by this book because the translation is mellifluous or beautiful,” said Michael F. Suarez, a professor of English at the University of Virginia who directs the Rare Book School there. “People haven’t been attracted to this book because the presswork is beautiful. It’s not.” Instead, the Bay Psalm Book is treasured for being the first surviving piece of printing done in the British North American colonies. Only 11 copies, many incomplete, today survive. Remarkably two of those copies belong to the same owner, Boston's Old South Church. This month, the church made the controversial decision to sell one (the first such sale in 65 years), and it could bring as much as $20 million for the church's endowment.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 25, 2012 - 7 comments

It is impossible to imagine a finer association...

Lord Byron's copy of Frankenstein, inscribed by author Mary Shelley, is being offered for sale at Peter Harrington Books in London, where it will be on display from 26 Sept to 3 Oct. If you are interested in buying they are accepting offers in excess of 350,000. GBP ( about $568,000). [more inside]
posted by Isadorady on Sep 20, 2012 - 26 comments

Little Sure Shot

Annie Oakley's 12 gauge shotgun sold for $143,000 at a western memorabilia auction yesterday. Oakley grew up a poor farm girl in Ohio, far from the romanticized west she came to represent. Her prowess with a gun came from shooting for food to feed her poor family. Her nickname "Little Sure Shot" was given to her by Sitting Bull, a man she revered.
posted by Isadorady on Jun 11, 2012 - 30 comments

"The sale of this next lot will be contingent on a satisfactory resolution of a court proceeding dealing with this matter."

On May 20th, the fossil remains of a Tarbosaurus (aka, Tyrannosaurus bataar) were sold for $1,052,500. The auction was carried out despite objections from the President of Mongolia and a court order. The problem? The remains may have been poached.
posted by brundlefly on May 22, 2012 - 20 comments

Why have internet auctions fallen out of favour?

"Today, auctions are a smaller portion of ecommerce than they were in 2001, and even on eBay they are a dwindling . . . [t]hey now account for just 31 percent of all sales on the site and are no longer at the heart of the company’s business model."
Why have internet auctions fallen out of favour?
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Jun 15, 2011 - 108 comments

Farmers of the Poor

For all the faults of the poorhouse, the system it replaced was perceived to be even worse. In post-Revolution America, if you were poor, you could be "farmed out" at public auction to the lowest bidder. [more inside]
posted by Knappster on Dec 30, 2010 - 8 comments

How Annie Got Shot

How Annie Got Shot. A look at the market for fine art photography and the sorry-state of Annie Leibovitz's finances. [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Dec 5, 2010 - 36 comments

The Black Tulip of American Literature

In 1827, a first-time author paid to have a small number of copies of his book Tamerlane and Other Poems, by a Bostonian printed. When Edgar Allan Poe later reprinted the book under his own name, he apologized for its poor quality, but the first edition has become one of the most sought after rarities in book collecting. This week, one of the two copies in private hands sold for $662,500, but you can flip through this one for free.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 5, 2009 - 5 comments

Do I Hear Five?

Got a link got a link got a link here link link link do I hear a click do I hear a click got a link got a link got a link here you want to learn want to learn want to learn learn learn from John Korrey John Korrey one of the greatest one of the greatest it's an art it's an art it's not just talking fast not just talking fast thank you sir show him the door! [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Aug 5, 2009 - 21 comments

She don't... What now?

You talked to her father, prepared a YouTube worthy proposal, gathered all your courage.... and she said no. How will your life go on? And what are you going to do with the ring? Enter I Do... Now I Don't, an auction site that caters to broken-hearted lovers such as you. Started by a fellow who has been there. Buy if you dare. Via
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Feb 26, 2008 - 19 comments

Ups and downs in the world of high art

Is the high end Art market finally tanking? A week or so ago, it sure looked like it. An important van Gogh piece did not sell, Sotheby's stock price went into shock. However, all is well this week as both Christie's and Sotheby's kicked it into high gear and set some new records. [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Nov 15, 2007 - 13 comments

Money can't buy everything it's true, but what it can't buy I can't use

eSellout.com : Freaky Things for Sale on eBay. From Your business on my chest, A very normal 1998 red VW Beetle with a long story, A potato that looks like the cartoon character Arthur, A mohawk toupee, Someone selling his dreams, but not in the way you might think, A very unique tomato and many, many more.
posted by psmealey on Sep 8, 2007 - 11 comments

Buy Syd Barrett's stuff!

Buy Syd Barrett's stuff! The estate of Syd Barrett is going up for auction on Wednesday. Some interesting items include several A4 note binders with Syd's handwritten notes, a pair of handpainted speaker boxes and a Pollock-esque handpainted stool.
posted by melorama on Nov 28, 2006 - 21 comments

Crazy Eddie sells out

Crazy Eddie. His prices were in-sane! After a failed attempt to revive the home electronic brand known for wacky commercials, the name is being auctioned off on eBay.
posted by Yakuman on Jul 4, 2006 - 27 comments

William Blake's Grave.

William Blake's Grave. Museums and galleries only have a few weeks left to save William Blake’s long-lost watercolour illustrations accompanying Robert Blair’s poem “The Grave”, before they are dispersed at auction in New York on 2 May.
posted by matteo on Mar 17, 2006 - 25 comments

Oh Baby Baby

Britney's Smear. Staff at Hot 89.9 Morning Hot Tub team spent two weeks touting what they claim is the First Response home pregnancy test Britney Spears used to determine she was carrying husband Kevin Federline's baby. GoldenPalace.com, an online casino known for its aggressive marketing, beat out 800 other hopefuls with a bid of $5,001.
posted by fandango_matt on May 4, 2005 - 15 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors: 11 year-old twins close 12 million dollar deal.
posted by alms on Apr 28, 2005 - 25 comments

eBay pulse

Look at eBay from a different angle. eBay Pulse shows the most 10 most popular search terms, as well as the 10 most 'watched' items on the auction site for any category, including the weird ones. Updated daily.
posted by crunchland on Mar 20, 2005 - 10 comments

Not Affiliated with the LDS Church

Tired of EBay scams? Think EBay is a haven for criminals? Maybe you ought to surf on over to MormonBid.com.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Feb 7, 2005 - 19 comments

I'll bid on you til there's nothing left but crumbs! Then I'll bid on the crumbs

Friday Ebay Feedback Madness
posted by Frasermoo on Sep 17, 2004 - 53 comments

The Closet of the Man in Black

Property from the Estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash (via a heartfelt post at saturation.org)
posted by gwint on Aug 10, 2004 - 6 comments

Buy Douglas Adams' tent

Buy Douglas Adams' tent What I really want is his towel.
posted by feelinglistless on Apr 27, 2004 - 16 comments

Crime may not pay, but oh, what a deal!

Hey, that was my getaway car!!! Ever wonder where property seized from criminals and crime scenes ends up? Steal It Back/The Property Room brings police auctions online, and New York City is now participating too, guaranteeing an large influx of interesting stuff. Part eBay and part "Cops" episode, the Web site is alternatively cheery ("Hot Pursuit Specials!") and puzzling. How did the police end up with that collectible "I Love Lucy" plate anyway? Where did those eight candlesticks and a Bible come from? Are they really selling that hydroponic grow light — that staple of dorm-room marijuana cultivation? How long before they show up to seize it back?
posted by amberglow on Jan 4, 2004 - 9 comments

Psst...buddy, want some concert tickets?

Waiting in line won't help you. According to the New York Times, Ticketmaster plans to begin auctioning off the best concert seats to the highest online bidders. The paper says there would be no limit on how high prices could go - it would be simply a matter of how much people were willing to pay. So, with ClearChannel, the RIAA and Ticketmaster now officially boinking the fan base...what other methods can the music industry use to drive away fans?
posted by dejah420 on Sep 3, 2003 - 70 comments

An L.A. restaurateur just won a rare 2-pound mushroom in an annual "charity truffle auction" in Santa Monica. The winner paid $35,000 for the truffle after a fierce bidding war between a New York-based restaurant owner and Gunther IV, who placed his bids through a subsidiary due to the fact that he is, in fact, a dog. The canine heir to a vast German fortune lost the auction, and the honor of placing the highest recorded bid ever for a mushroom. Go ahead, read it again. This is all, mind you, before anyone actually got their hands on the giant 'shroom.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 11, 2002 - 42 comments

EBay in patent dispute.

EBay in patent dispute. EBay is currently involved in a patent dispute with someone who claims to have patented the idea of online auctions in 1995. EBay believes it has found prior art in a USENET post from 1994.
posted by CrunchyFrog on Sep 30, 2002 - 7 comments

Escrew Service.

Escrew Service. Worried about getting scammed on an Internet auction? "Just use an escrow service," is the customary advice. Not so fast. The latest auction scam is an elaborate swindle involving creation of fake escrow services, complete with convincing Web sites like www.escrow-is.com
posted by srboisvert on Jul 9, 2002 - 2 comments

NASA scavenges on eBay for old parts for Space Shuttle

NASA scavenges on eBay for old parts for Space Shuttle [NYT link-reg req] The Space Shuttle is so old that many of the parts for it are no longer being made. NASA has been reduced to buying old equipment on eBay to scavenge for circuit boards and old CPUs.
posted by geneablogy on May 12, 2002 - 10 comments

In an effort to keep CitizenX alive, Halcyon Styn is selling himself for 24 hours. He'll fly to your city and do anything you want, if you've got the cash. Bid now, as it closes in just a couple hours. Like Hunter S said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
posted by mathowie on Dec 12, 2001 - 36 comments

What will people auction-off next?

What will people auction-off next? And what ever happened to that person who said he would post a link on MeFi for the high-bidder? Did the post ever go up? Was it worth it? Totally slow newsday.
posted by tsarfan on Dec 3, 2001 - 14 comments

An online collection of police auctions, all collected in one place is a pretty good find. They're like ebay, without the crowds. On the weird side: parking meters, books by the pound, and lots and lots of bibles (what crime was being committed when these were confiscated?!). There are some good deals to be found, and also some questionable merchandise: won't this item and this other item will be used in a crime again?
posted by mathowie on Oct 31, 2001 - 10 comments

Good evening, my name is Yang. Tim Yang.

Good evening, my name is Yang. Tim Yang. A group of nine authors, three of them Booker prize winners are accepting bids to name the characters in their next book after the winners. The authors include Margaret Atwood, Terry Prachett, Ken Follett and Raymond Benson (who is taking up the reigns of writing new James Bond novels). Prices go for as high as GBP6,200. I think it's a fantastic idea! I've always wanted to see my name in print. What role would you like to play if you won?
posted by timyang on Oct 15, 2001 - 16 comments

Bid Now!

Bid Now! Six more days left if you're looking for someone to beat the living crap out of you. C'mon. You know you want to.
posted by jcterminal on Sep 23, 2001 - 11 comments

Some guy is pissed at eBay for what he (rightly?) considers stealing his business.
posted by Spanktacular on Jun 30, 2001 - 5 comments

The funniest thing I've seen in many a moon.

The funniest thing I've seen in many a moon. Want to find crazy crap on eBay? Don't waste your prescious time, Disturbing Auctions has done it for you!

This for the golfer in the family.

This for the hawaii-bound honeymooners.

This for... I don't know.
posted by o2b on May 14, 2001 - 19 comments

You're the world's number one Web destination, responsible for 40% of Internet traffic. You've been making money from advertising for years, but you know that you need to diversify your revenue streams. You run a popular auction site with over 2.8 million listings, but the only money it generates is from ads. The number one site in the auction space charges fees, so why can't you? You come up with fees that are lower than your competitor, and implement them. And then, over the next six weeks, the number of listed items on your site falls 86%. What went wrong?
posted by tranquileye on Feb 16, 2001 - 13 comments

20yr old sells soul on eBay for $400

20yr old sells soul on eBay for $400 For the auction listing, he displayed a picture of himself wearing an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
posted by ritualdevice on Feb 9, 2001 - 9 comments

Everything's a collectible...

Everything's a collectible... on eBay, anyway.
posted by milnak on Nov 14, 2000 - 1 comment

Alien Props For Sale

Alien (1979; dir. Ridley Scott) original props and stuff for auction. Here's a Halloween costume the kids down the street won't soon forget. And wouldn't a plaster cast of Tom Skerritt's teeth make a great stocking stuffer? Also, this prop seems like it could be put to some alternative uses the makers never intended.
posted by jjg on Oct 19, 2000 - 3 comments

The Cow Parade

The Cow Parade cows are being auctioned off starting today. Tomorrow you can bid on them on Amazon.
posted by tamim on Sep 28, 2000 - 1 comment

Buy My Vote!!!

Buy My Vote!!! Obviously a statement or joke, this could spell trouble for the involved party. I had the original URLs for eBay, but can't seem to find them now :-(
posted by da5id on Aug 17, 2000 - 6 comments

Mach 5 (yes, that Mach 5) now for sale on eBay.
posted by jjg on Jun 21, 2000 - 7 comments

The user who was selling Metallica's soul

The user who was selling Metallica's soul has been banned by EBay for bidding on another item he/she was selling. The strange part of all of this of course, is that I recognized their username when I read this story. Why can't we delete particular items in memory like we do with files on a computer?
posted by fooljay on May 12, 2000 - 2 comments

Next up for bid, the damn raft.

Next up for bid, the damn raft. That's right, the top item for sale is the raft that Elian survived on while traveling to the United States from Cuba. Although six days are left in the auction, 112 bids have already been placed on it, with the high bid now at $10 million.
posted by bvanveen on May 1, 2000 - 7 comments

This iMac would be cool in 10 or 15 years.

This iMac would be cool in 10 or 15 years. Too bad nobody bidded on it.
posted by premiumpolar on Mar 8, 2000 - 1 comment

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