Nautiluso: Starting To Assess The Damage

I just looked back again at the records we were watching from Nautiluso and the numbers are staggering. Here are some of the prices that we recorded:

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568: $3,805

Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin’, Blue Note 1588: $3,750

Tina Brooks, True Blue: $3,249.99

Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims: $3,242.99

J.R. Monterose, Blue Note 1536: $2,247.22

Tommy Flanagan Overseas: $2,247

Bill Evans, Waltz For Debby: $1,500

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1540: $1,705

Lou Donaldson, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet: $1,175

That’s a total of about $23,000 for just nine records. Perhaps these were the ones that sold for the highest prices but, still, with 75 jazz records that week, you could still be looking at $60,000 or more. Maybe it’s not Bernie Madoff territory, but in our little world of Jazz Collectors it is quite a score if, indeed, the records don’t exist.


  • By the way, if you want to look at our previous coverage of this auction, as well as all the comments from our readers, you can just plug the name “Nautiluso” into the search feature at the top of the page and all of the articles and comments will come up.

  • The big one:

    Winning bid: US $4,036.00

  • Yes, Duonri, I noticed yesterday that I missed it. So we’re looking at $27,000 for just 10 records, $2,700 per record. Amazing, isn’t it, whether the records exist or not. Who would have ever thought our precious jazz records, which most of us purchased for the sheer joy of the music, would ever have such monetary value?

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