Nuts, Wow and Crazy
As prices continue to rise, readers are sending me more and more emails calling particular records to my attention. This one came from Clifford, with the simple note: “nuts!!!”: Kenny Dorham, Afro Cuban, Blue Note 1535. This was an original pressing, or at least the original 12-inch pressing, and it looked to be in VG++ to M- condition for the record and probably VG++ for the cover. The final price was $3,819. There were 22 bids and 13 bidders and it went from about $1,700 to the final price in the last few seconds. So, clearly, there were two bidders that really, really, really wanted this record, but that is quite a dear price to pay, IMHO. A commenter on the previous post also pointed to this one, with the simple words “Wow!” and “Crazy!”: Harold Vick, Steppin’ Out, Blue Note 4138. This was an original pressing from the same seller as the Dorham record. The record and cover were both in M- condition. The final price was $720.
To those we will add one of the records we were watching from Rudolf’s auction: Sonny Red, Out of the Blue, Blue Note 4032. This was an original pressing that looked to be in pristine M- condition for the record and the cover. It was $160 when we first looked at it and we said at the time we expected it to get at or near the $1,000 marker. We didn’t expect that it would make it all the way to $1,802, which was the final selling price. We could repeat the “Nuts, Wow,Crazy” lament, but, hey, it is what it is, and this is a great original Blue Note in perfect condition so who’s to begrudge the buyer for wanting to add that to a collection, at any price. It may not be the way I prefer to collect, but for some people (rich people?) this seems to be the way to go. It’s nice to have eBay to gauge the top end of the market for the rest of us, I guess.