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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 17

JOHN FORD BIDDING AT AUCTION

Inspired by Russ Rulau's account of the famous John Ford -
Don Miller auction fistfight last week, Alan V. Weinberg writes:
"I distinctly recall at an early 60's (Howard Egolf sale?) NYC
Stack's auction John Ford standing up at the back of the room
and confronting cigar-wielding NYC coin dealer Max Kaplan, a
few feet apart,  as Max drove him up and up on a desired  coin.
This resulted in a shouting match as each man, with a booming
voice, tried to get in the last word, disrupting the auction.
I believe a young Dave Bowers and Johnny Rowe were present, as
was I.

At the 1984 NYC Bowers & Merena Virgil Brand Part II auction,
John bellowed out loud "Whaddya want this put-together cockamamie
thing for?" as John Hamilton bid him up on a unique 1850 gold
hand-constructed "Eureka" San Francisco medal which JJF won for
$9900.

I remember these and other incidents as not disparaging but
adding to the colorful history of a colorful collector/dealer."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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