Quiet American

srfox srfox at mac.com
Mon Dec 9 19:11:56 EST 2002

This discussion reminds me of something similar that happened to me 
recently, although it differs in the thing being collected, and
in the amount of money involved.

I recently sold a collector car made and marketed by a Famous Car Guy 
to the Famous Car Guy Himself.  I was under the
impression he was adding it to his very tasty and very extensive 
personal collection. However, he re-titled it and re-sold it
very quickly as "Famous Car Guy's personal car".  He made a five-figure 

  A few months later the newest owner
tracked me down and offered the car for sale.  I  told him, politely, 
that while I could understand why some people might
consider the temporary ownership to have added value to the car, it 
added nothing for me. I offered him
my original selling price, but advised him to turn down my offer as 
unfair to him.  He did, and sold his car for his
original purchase price ten days later.  The car has now crossed the 
country in a trailer 3 times.

Was it really the "Famous Car Guy's personal car"? Maybe legally, but 
not to me.  But,
as always, something is worth exactly what someone else will pay for it.

Steve Fox

On Monday, December 9, 2002, at 06:44 PM, david medsker wrote:

> The genuine article is always critical in collecting and the integrity 
> of dealers, however with the problem of missing pieces or pages, what 
> would be wrong with making corrective restorative repairs and marking 
> them with "copy" like they do in the legal system to separate the 
> court's paper from the attorney's and client's papers?
> I paint cars for a living, and although I do my best to make the 
> repair seamless and invisible, only an unscrupulous person would 
> represent such a vehicle as cherry when in fact it's been repaired, no 
> matter how well the repair is made. I could understand someone after 
> the fact and without the information making the mistake of thinking 
> the car was cherry if I did a good job, though. This is the area where 
> you really get to find out the integrity of a person, especially if 
> they stand to gain from not exploring every possible test of genuine 
> article vs. copy.
> In the collecting of leatherettes (my interest) I would be delighted 
> to have them all in dustjackets, color and date matched, then if the 
> dj is removed, the inside blank page is stamped "COPY". Or would 
> something like this put the power of printing money in the hands of 
> unscrupulous traders?
> I could see a little cottage industry, "DJ Scans by Kamins", 
> unlicensed reproductions for collectors. After all the homes in 
> Portland are sold, of course.
> OR have I been spraying paint without a respirator again?
> david medsker
>  >

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