I have to be honest here, I thought that this would sell for quite a bit more than it actually did! It’s an original book from the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and full of great photos etc.
Scroll down to see what it sold for.
It sold for only $15.79! That’s the great thing about auctions. They are a wild card and you just never know what an item will sell for. That’s why sellers and buyers alike love em!
See the other items I have up on eBay.
Other Olympic Memorabilia values
Why we collect weird things
You’ve heard a million times that people collect things from the era of their childhood. And people collect things to match their dwellings, or because they just decided one day they needed a hobby. But for some, there’s a strange, powerful obsession at work and it will not be ignored!
It’s not exactly a secret that collectors can be on the eccentric side. I thought it would be fun to write about some of the strangest reasons that people collect weird things. Most of us know the most common reasons people collect, but what about those uber, avant-guardians of the bizarre? The collecting population that just doesn’t fit into any category we can quite put a finger on?
There are some who practically flip out at the opportunity to acquire a shrunken head? There are human skeleton collectors, barbed wire collectors, collectors of errors, people who must have every singe type of item they collect. There are those that collect damaged items, things haunted, cursed and banned.
Strange reasons for collecting
- I’ve got to have it all. Some people collect because they are obsessive compulsive about completion. They just absolutely cannot stand to have holes in continuity and once they collect a few things in a genre, they will often get so rapt that they soon find their shelves, then closets, then rooms, then garages are taken over by their collection. If they collect mason jars, they have every type ever made, your even likely to find a few with Grammy’s stewed ‘maters in them because well…they need to round out the collection. (Those ARE stewed tomatoes,… aren’t they?) On one hand it can be a boon to find such people to sell to because they will pay very well if you’ve got something they don’t have. But, because they’re so thorough, they may already have what you want to sell them. These type of collectors rarely collect duplicates, it’s hard enough just to get ONE of everything.
- Collectors of things that came from famous crash sites or tragedies. Yup, I know, seems pretty gruesome to some of us. To them, it’s part of history. Maybe they get a thrill living vicariously through the items, chaining themselves someway to incredible events. Can you imagine having the bullet that took the life of Lincoln? Would you enshrine in a glass case an executive order to send troops to abroad? Somewhere out there is someone who has fragmented glass from Diana’s Limousine. Shivers!
- Others still try to collect things they think are haunted. I’m not so sure there was much of a market for haunted items before eBay (remember that “possessed” doll brought outrageous money?) but every once in a while on the site, someone is able to convince a bidding pool that they item they have for sale on eBay is bonifide ghostified and the price skyrockets. The “possessed doll” auction on eBay set out thousands of sellers to scour their houses, looking for Barbies that had been to close to the heater in the basement, or the GI Joe with hair that you shaved… yeah, that looks like it could be haunted. But when YOU put up your haunted item, it brings one 99 cent bid and you have to ship it to Bulgaria. But why did someone pay the big bucks for the damn Ghost in a Jar, or the haunted dolls, music boxes and other items? Who knows?
If all of these things creep you the heck out, your not alone. But everyone’s “normal” is different to someone else. People who feel their collection is unique will often pay good money for an unusual addition to their trove.
When picking for this type of collector, keeping within the law and your moral boundaries may be more of a challenge than turning a profit on the sale!
A Titanic bid:
Why on earth would someone pay $1.6 million for an unplayable violin? Quite simply, the violin that crossed the auction block on Saturday, October 19th is believed to be the one played by Wallace Hartley as the Titanic sank.
The sea-rotted violin’s last tune was reportedly “Nearer, My God to Thee” as was made known in the James Cameron film.
So far this is a record for anything directly attributed to the RMS Titanic and it’s one that collectors and experts feel may never be topped!
As we’ve said in the auction world so many times, “provenance is critical”