Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: William Donzelli <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 17:39:59 2005

> I don't know your's, or anyone else's on the list financial status... I'm
> poor, but I'm a volunteer fireman who covers two of the richest towns in
> the area (and two of the richest in the county, although I don't know
> exactly where they lie on the scale). I know of many MANY people with
> absurd amounts of money (alas, none are good friends).

And if you think some of those towns are rich, cross the Hudson river!

Seriously, I don't think anyone on this list has even a slight clue about
the high end antiques market, and the money behind it. For axample, does
anyone know how much it costs to get a multiple day booth at the big
Armory Antiques show in Manhattan? Take a guess, then looks below.

The money that some collectors have is astounding. A great deal of it is
actually old money - landowners with royalty ties in Europe, old Jewish
money, stock market money from the Gilded Age, and so forth. A suprising
number of people in Manhattan, for example, have this money. Just think of
all of the Park Ave. apartments - someone has to be living in them. And
yes, some of them have dining room tables that are worth more than my
house (I have sat down at at least one). $2000 for a book? Wait a few
hours and the interest in the bank will cover it...

The answer is $20000 to 60000. Yes, all those zeroes. And to think, if you
get a booth, you may not sell a thing!

William Donzelli
Received on Thu Feb 17 2005 - 17:39:59 GMT

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