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Dec 3, 2021
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I get wanting to dump everything in 1 transaction, but it might be hard finding 1 person willing to buy 200 pipes for $50k. He might be better of breaking them up into 5 pipe lots. I'm sure there'd be a few of us willing to buy 5 of them for $500-$1,500+. I know I'd be interested.
Sometimes, a single collection can be worth more than the sum of its parts—this often happens in book collecting, where the time and effort it took to amass all the objects factors in on the perceived value of having all the things/objects in one place as a new, unique whole, impossible to replicate. I get both approaches.
 

Puffaluffaguss

Part of the Furniture Now
Jul 30, 2021
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Shoot if I had the money I would give him the 50k after a good look at the pipes. Sell off the ones that I didn't prefer and keep the rest how they were. I would keep it mostly in the condition they are in. If smoked ill smoke um if not ill leave um be. I might need to remortgage 😆 I'm feeling a "MAJOR" P.A.D moment right now lol🤑
 

sablebrush52

The Bard Of Barlings
Jun 15, 2013
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$50,000 for 200 pipes breaks down to $250 per pipe. The issue is that many of these exquisite pipes appear to be by long forgotten makers. There are BBB's, which could get that kind of price or more, what looks like Orlik or Imperial, and a number that I can't quite make out. So some of these might not get $250 at auction. I'm seeing some with damaged amber stems that have been shortened and reshaped. It's also a specialist's collection, which means a limited number of buyers, especially for 19th century pieces. The condition looks to be excellent in the main, but I wouldn't want to own 200 pipes from this era. They're fun to look at, but not always fun to actually smoke.

Is there more documentation on this collection, such as makers and dates? Is there better photography of the individual pipes so that a potential buyer has a better sense of their condition? Owning pipes from this period I can attest that there are always surprises, some good, some bad. For $50,000 I don't want any bad.
 

monty55

Lifer
Apr 16, 2014
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It's also a specialist's collection, which means a limited number of buyers

Exactly.

It's an amazing collection. But given how small the pipe world is, he may be the only one who wants to own all those pipes, as a collection.

Possibly he contacted SmokingPipes, or they contacted him. He'd be able to sell them off individually without a problem.

So sorry this happened.
 

Alejo R.

Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 13, 2020
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Sometimes, a single collection can be worth more than the sum of its parts—this often happens in book collecting, where the time and effort it took to amass all the objects factors in on the perceived value of having all the things/objects in one place as a new, unique whole, impossible to replicate. I get both approaches.
I would like to discern.

But first I would like to clarify that it is very sad that someone is forced to part with something like this due to health problems.

I proceed to explain myself.
It is a matter of marketing, you have to think about the target buyer.
Who would be interested in spending many thousands of dollars on a collection of pipes?
Probability would tell us that Certainly not a novice smoker.
You would certainly be a collector who already has a substantial collection that you have already spent some good bucks on.

This collector does not see a collection of 200 pipes, he sees 10, 20 or 30 that complete his own and pre-existing collection and another pile of pipes that do not interest him and for which he is very little inclined to pay more since his ultimate destiny is certain. it will be a resale.
It is best to sell it individually or in the smallest possible lots.
Of course this takes much longer.
Regards.
 

condorlover1

Lifer
Dec 22, 2013
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Wow. $50,000.00. I must be a damned millionaire. One or two of mine might be worth big bucks from a historical perspective but my insurance only goes to about $10,000. You have to be really dedicated to only smoke 19th century pipes as they tend to only really work well with 19th century type tobaccos like plugs and twist.
 
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