Christie's auction

From: Scott Stevens <>
Date: Tue Feb 15 18:30:31 2005

On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 13:26:11 -0800 (PST)
Vintage Computer Festival <> wrote:

> I got the catalog for the upcoming Christie's "Origins of Cyberspace"
> (total misnomer) auction. Wow, this stuff is waaaaaaaaaay
> over-valued. I have no idea w ho came up with this, but it borders on
> jokery.
> The catalog itself is a glossy, 246 page book that must've cost tens
> of thousands of dollars to produce and print. I'll be surprised if
> they recoup what it cost just to print the catalog.
> I'll be heading over to the preview at Stanford later today.
> The good thing in all this is that after the auction flops, the false
> expectations that all the hype this auction caused will fall through
> the floor and people will stop e-mailing me with offers of vintage
> 1986 portables.

The bad thing will be if it leaves a sour taste in the estate-liquidator
community and they decide it's useless to deal with 'that old computer
junk' and it again is just dumpstered or recycled.

Things have to be perceived as having worth, or they end up trashed.
'We' (a collecting elite) can't be everywhere saving everything.
Ordinary people need to be involved too.

Received on Tue Feb 15 2005 - 18:30:31 GMT

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