. . . And The Prices Keep Going Up
I’m sure many of you are way ahead of me, but please let me catch up on some of the interesting auctions we were watching, starting with Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby, Riverside 399. This was an original white label promo copy. The record was listed in VG++ condition and the cover looked to be about VG+ because a previous owner had stamped his name and address on both the front and the back. When I first wrote about the record, there were several hours left in the auction and the bidding was in the $265 range and I guessed that the final price would probably surpass $1,000. To my surprise, and probably to the surprise of many of you here, the final price was $2,248. And that’s not even counting the Global Shipping Program charge of nearly $475, which is discussed in the comments on the earlier post. I’d be curious as to who is spending this kind of money on these records, and why? Is it for listening? Is it for investment? Is it just for collecting and owning the history?
This was another one that surprised me with its high final price: Curtis Fuller, Blues ette, Savoy 12141. This was an original pressing with the deep red label and the deep grooves. It was listed in “E” condition, which I take to mean about VG++, and the cover was described as “very clean.” It sold for $811.50.
Those two Jimmy Raney 10-inc records wound up selling as well: Jimmy Raney Ensemble, New Jazz 1103. This was an original pressing in M- condition for the record and the cover. It sold for $394.10. Jimmy Raney Quartet, New Jazz 1101. This was also an original pressing in M- condition for the record and the cover. This one sold at its start price of $175.
And here’s one more big-ticket item: Cliff Jordan, Cliff Craft, Blue Note 1582. This was an original pressing listed in Ex condition for the record and the cover, although the cover seemed to have issues. When I first wrote about this one, it was in the $450 range and I speculated that it had a good chance to break into the $1,000 bin. It did, and then some, selling for $1,575. I’ve long desired this record, but have never been willing to pay the going rate. A few years ago, I could have had a mint copy on eBay for half of what it’s selling for now. In retrospect, maybe that was the thing to do.