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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 41, October 10, 1999, Article 5

BASS III SALE REPORT  

   Karl Moulton provided the following report on the Bass sale, 
   which had less than ten floor bidders:  "As expected, the 
   prices realized were usually at or far above George Kolbe's 
   conservative estimates.  Any successful bidder had to "reach" 
   for most everything.  Comments such as "unbelievable" or 
   "that's a new record" were heard after several winning bids. 
   The book was strong, but I would guess that nearly a third of 
   the U.S. material went to floor bidders or to phone bidders.  

   At one point, on lot #411, the set of Woodward's 
   @$16,000, the bidding was done by two different phone 
   bidders.  It was rather interesting to just sit and watch the price 
   increments of $1,000 go back and forth with the two phone 
   agents.  Speaking of phone bidders, there appears to be a new 
   bidder for the top end material, based on results of this and the 
   last Bass sale.  Although a few dealers know this person, he 
   wishes to remain anonymous for the time being.  

   All told, this sale proves once again that Harry Bass was one of 
   the more knowledgeable numismatists of the past 50 years. 
   When all of the Harry Bass library is finally sold, it will stand as 
   a high mark in numismatic literature for many years." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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