PRICES REALIZED LISTS
John Cadorini writes: "I try to make a point of purchasing
back issues of ancients sales catalogs only if they have the
PRL included--whenever possible. The Numismatic Fine
Arts catalogs seem the most likely to frequently appear with
the PRL included. Most of this series also have the estimated
sales price list included as well, which is an essential when
comparing pricing and demand. The extremes between
estimated and actual sales price is an interesting area of study.
I am glad that no restrictions apply for copying these (as
suggested by Karl Moulton). Perhaps the Newsletter or an
adjunct to the website could be a request venue for wanted
copies of PRL's.
Not to risk flooding them with requests, but Sotheby's NY
was extremely helpful in sending me all of the PRL's for the
Hunt Brothers Ancient Coin collection sales catalogs (all 7-8
volumes). I had only to provide them with the catalog numbers.
As an E-Sylum subscriber and collector in general I would
willing share any Estimated and/or PRL's with anyone who
wishes them. My collection is new enough to be of less help
than some others, however."
Continuing on the subject of pricing research, Morten Eske
"On my website at this link
I have published such pricing researches for 8 specific coins,
the 2nd last research including 101 years of auction prices
[2 ducat coin]
and the last one no less than 197 years of pricing research!
Of course one will need a rather well assorted private library
to do such vast research tasks, so: Buy books (& catalogs etc.).
Certainly, there were far more catalogs printed than PRLs for
most sales, because collectors when offered the pre-opportunity
from the auction houses to pay for receiving such PRLs after the
auction was held, did not respond to the offer."
Bob Korver, Heritage Numismatic Auctions Director writes:
"Regarding your 18 August discussion on protocol for
duplicating printed prices realized: Heritage Numismatic
Auctions hereby gives permission for your members to
duplicate our printed prices realized from any sale, provided
free distribution is intended. I also invite everyone to visit our
Permanent Auction Archives, which contains descriptions, images,
and prices realized for 375,000+ lots."
[See http://www.heritagecoin.com/ and click on "Permanent
Auction Archives" (free registration required). -Editor]
Wayne Homren, Editor
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