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1981 February 2 - letter to Keyser

I would pay $250. What's interesting to me is how polite Hank is in responding to what was probably a fairly inane letter.
 
Thanks for telling, yes it's quite an interesting letter which understandably adds to the price but I wouldn't go either higher than $250 in this case.
 

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Being the infamous PhillyDave I would love to have that letter but alas, I don't have that kind of cash right now... Very cool letter indeed.
 
Just a guess, but it will probably end up somewhere south of $600 before too long. Unless the seller decides to hold off
until the mythical skyrocketing of the Buk market.
 

Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
If i met Ski at a station to close the deal, I'd push him on the track to get the letter... then again, there's way too many cameras these days... I'd just pull a Cos and bring him back to my apartment and drug him instead...

P.S. I'll miss the Chairman, but i think he had his 15 minutes in New York time...
 

mjp

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until the mythical skyrocketing of the Buk market.
It's not mythical where some items are concerned (books with paintings, Bukowski art in general).

But $750 for a letter is steep, especially considering he bought it in 1994. I was buying a few letters and manuscripts back then (through the mail, per-Internet), and I don't think I ever paid more than $60 for a letter. Wait, that's not true, I paid $150 for a letter...but it came with two 1960s poem manuscripts.

Of course that was 20 years ago. Bill Clinton was president and a gallon of gas was $1.25.
 

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If it makes you feel any better, my ex has the manuscripts and the letter.
 

mjp

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I'm afraid not. He ran off with Cirque du Soleil and died in a freak leotard strangulation accident. I think the manuscripts were burned along with his body on the outskirts of Wichita. It's not really something I like to talk about.
 
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