Discussion in 'Buy/sell/trade, want lists, eBay' started by Papillon, Apr 12, 2011.
Where are his gloves??
Would it be "easy" to remove those watermarks?
No. There are automated methods, but the ones I've seen have a negative effect on the overall image. I've never seen one that works as well as I'd like.
But I'm not even bothering with the watermarks on the new manuscripts. Fuck it. They aren't that distracting on the manuscripts. Not as distracting as they are on the art.
It's presumptuous to slap them on everything anyway, like some sort of stamp of ownership. If they have a problem with me using the manuscripts they've photographed on the site here (which I would doubt, anyway) they can stop using the site for research. One hand washes the other.
Well, a watermark is just that; a mark, indicating the maker. But this water mark has a context of 'not for copy' that indicates some sort of right by the maker of the digital artifact.
As for cleansing of hands, I can not imagine what type of industrial strength solvents would be needed to clean the San Francisco grime off of PBA Georges hands in order to handle that True Story broadisde.yeesh!
The only thing missing from that video is a plate of buffalo wings, some wet naps, and a tub of ranch dressing.
Yes, I realize that. As I suggested, I don't care. And again, I doubt if they do either.
I'm finding that we already have half of them anyway (down from the 75% I previously estimated), but that 50% that we don't have are welcome additions.
I might be wrong, but I suspect quite a few mss will go unsold. Not that they are expensive, it's just there are too many of them... unless our friend NL is patiently watching to finally grab those items he did not win on eBay years ago...
Boy, I agree with that! There are just TOO DAMN MANY lots in this auction. Especially the manuscripts. I like Ross and wish him well, but I think the amount of material here is overwhelming. It'll be interesting to watch.
It is hard to believe so many have been accumulated by one person. Especially when you multiply all the combined lots out. It is one hell of a collection! And there will have to be some lots unsold.
Indeed, there may be some bargains to be had. You know, with all of that disposable income everyone is sitting on.
A lot of stuff, yes, but the timing of the auction is also odd. But what do I know. People have their own reasons for not waiting for a better market/economy. And if the money isn't that important to you in the first place, I suppose selling off everything at a loss isn't such a big deal. I don't know.
But as has been mentioned, grouping the manuscripts like some of those are pretty much guarantees they'll go unsold.
A lot of them are just post-70s Xeroxes anyway, which I personally never really saw much value in. 20 years from now will people be bidding on Stephen King's old WANG hard drive (did they even have hard drives?)? What's the value of an infinitely repeatable "manuscript"?
he's a bull in a china(ski) shop...
My strategy keeps changing and my "ceiling" keeps rising. I've been treading very very lightly with my better half on this one, throwing out lines like "our collection lacks substance" - whatever the heck that means.
I really admire the fact that this gentleman is putting this stuff up for auction as opposed to selling it en bloc to an academic institution where it would be locked up for eternity.
Sorry - it's the engineer in me that makes me do it - I can't control it and gave up trying to control it many years ago. As of Lot # 343, (hasn't been updated today - so maybe 343 is the extent of it?) if everything sold for high estimated price it would total $471650, low est price would be $307400. And for reserve price (low estimate * 2/3) it would be $204933. And of course, those of us that would be real time bidders get to pay an extra 20% on top of the bid price.
I am continually overwhelmed at the enormity and quality of this collection.
There are many little jewels in there, for sure. A lot of that may go unsold, of course. None of it will be sold to me, unfortunately, and I can guarantee that outcome in advance.
I wonder if he's done an over/under on breaking even?
No lots sell below 1/2 the low estimate, not 2/3, unless certain lots have reserves (do they; I haven't seen any?). Then the seller gives up 15% to PBA. The buyer also pays a 20% premium. This all assumes that each item individually is less than $10,000 and that the buyer premium goes directly to PBA, which I assume is the case.
Wasn't this in a book at one point?
all lots are reserved at 2/3 for this auction. there could be a number of reasons for this, the simplest of which is that PBA wanted to keep estimates low to entice people while not selling things for way less than they're worth. a more complex reason could be that PBA didn't want a feeding frenzy of dealers chewing on all the lots at 1/2 the low estimate, so they'd rather some lots don't sell - this would allow them to "buy" unsold lots and resell them to dealers privately once the sale is over, creating the illusion of a more successful sale if the lots then get listed as "sold" for 2/3 the low estimate.
Thanks Jordan - all that makes sense from a perspective I don't usually adopt. Last I saw was that the range estimates were not final, so that could change also.
If I could ask a stupid question, does live on-line bidding work like ebay in that if I bid $500 on an item that is currently at $300, my bid is made incrementally to match the next required bid increase? It seems as though the phone-in pre-bids are handled this way; just wondering about the on-line bidding. Each item moves pretty fast in my experience.
Oh, those assholes!
â€œthe rape of the Holy Motherâ€ 2 pp. [c.1987]; published in magazine â€œOff My Faceâ€ (1987); â€œSeptuagenarian Stewâ€ â€“ p.230 (1990); if any poem captures the manifesto of the Guerilla Poetics Project (GPP) of today, this is it: â€œthey are offended by the ... antics of the maddened, they prefer their poesy to be secretive, soft and nearly indecipherableâ€¦ the Academics have much to fearâ€¦ there are other voices and we intend to be heardâ€¦ let it be known that we have arrived and intend to stayâ€
Here's a little quiz for you guys. What's the name of the guy and the magazine Weissner talks about in the following excerpt?(taken from one of the PBA letters):
"You may have gotten a letter from Joe Laro??, San Francisc [cut] (edits a mag called ??) asking you for some unpub [cut] poem or maybe a story..."
The letter can be found here.
Looks like ARUNDANKA.
Name looks like Joe LaRoss? Or LaRona? Or LaRose?
Mag title looks like ARUNDANKA or ARUNDANEA.
Joe LaRosa? I also see ARUNDANKA.
Thanks! I see either ARUNDANKA or AHUNDANKA, but can't find any mag with such a title on Worldcat. Oh, well...
Maybe this guy? (the reviewer)
Thanks, Hank. I made a search using Joe La Rosa as keyword, and it seems he published a little called ABUNDANZA.
Good job to the both of you (cirerita and solo) for sleuthing the info.
The complete catalogue is online, final and open for bidding at the link
everyone who sent me their address was forwarded to the fine folks at PBA.
Hopefully they are planning on printing out a catalog.
at least as much... The PBA office is in the middle of where an enormous amount of the worlds software is created and they cant produce a spreadsheet or better webapp for customers? fuck their 20% mark up.
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