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Re: [BKARTS] Shakespeare manuscript at eBay



I'm an avid EBayer and have been following this bookseller and his auctions
for
about a month now. I won't get into specifics, but auctions by this seller
and his PT Barnum like antics have been very fishy -- drawing numerous
spectators and outrageous prices for not-so-uncommon books - usually double
or even quadruple what they are actually worth.

But like I said, something has been very fishy and finally EBay finally
decided to pull the plug on him.  The bulletin board on EBay has been full
of speculation for weeks, with many wild accusations arising, but EBay
deleted that record as well.

Notice that there is another play from the third folio for sale on EBay
right now (auction ends in 2 hours) for a modest $500.  What's the
difference?  I couldn't tell you.  But it begs questioning.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Pollock" <dkpollock@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 8:28 AM
Subject: Re: Shakespeare manuscript at eBay


> Have you the eBay item number for this, or a URL? My
> search of eBay and eBay.co.uk fails to turn up
> anything like this....
>
> DP
>
>
> --- CulPropProtNet/MusSecNetwork <securma@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> > Bard's manuscript proves big draw in cyberspace
> > bidding
> > Vijay Dutt
> > London, December 24
> >
> > In a bizarre marriage of the ancient and the IT
> > modernity, a 340-year-
> > old edition of William Shakespeare's Pericles,
> > Prince of Tyre is soon
> > to be sold on the internet site eBay. The bidding
> > has already touched
> > £5 million, according to The Mail.
> >
> > A priceless Shakespeare manuscript would have
> > normally attracted some
> > major auction house, but the dictates of modern
> > times have overtaken
> > such "antiquated" methods of sale.
> >
> > The offer on the internet site has been described as
> > equivalent to
> > car boot sale in cyberspace. eBay is now a popular
> > site for computer
> > users to clear out unwanted items and is also used
> > as a trading
> > centre by books and CD collectors.
> >
> > The bound, yellowing work of 20 pages is owned by a
> > British collector
> > who will close the bidding at 6:53 pm on Thursday.
> > The manuscript
> > formed one of seven plays in the third folio of
> > Shakespeare's work
> > which was produced in 1663/1664.
> >
> > The manuscript was one of only a few copies that
> > survived the great
> > fire of London at a printing warehouse in 1666. The
> > report reveals
> > that the work has been the subject of a bidding war
> > involving
> > collectors, libraries and universities on the eBay
> > site.
> >
> > Until Tuesday night 87 bids had been received from
> > across the world,
> > the highest being £4,800,300 from an American
> > collector. Bidding got
> > so frenzied at one stage that part of the site
> > crashed.
> >
> > Pericles tells of a man shipwrecked with is daughter
> > and was
> > published in 1608. The present seller John Ellis
> > from Hampstead in
> > north-west London, told The Mail that he purchased
> > the manuscript
> > from an antiquarian house in the US. He revealed
> > that he had received
> > a letter from Oxford University as well, expressing
> > an interest in
> > buying the manuscript. He is pleasantly amazed that
> > bidding has
> > touched £5 million. He initially expected about
> > £200,000.
> >
> >
> >  http://www.hindustantimes.com/
> >
> >
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