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Hot Water Music w/painting, more - auction this weekend

#1
A nice array of Bukowski and beat material is coming up for auction on Saturday at Potter & Potter in Chicago, including a deluxe edition of Hot Water Music with an original Bukwoski painting, signed books, advance copies, broadsides, and more. Here's a link to the lots online:

http://auctions.bidsquare.com/view-auctions/individual-lots/?key=bukowski

There are also Henry Miller, R. Crumb, and other beat-related items in the sale.

Gabe Fajuri
President
Potter & Potter Auctions
www.potterauctions.com

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Pogue Mahone

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#2
I have a dossier that indicates that 100 percent of sales from this auction will go to North Korean ICBM development. IM me with additional questions and (Not Fake News) facts...

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mjp

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20% "buyer's premium" plus some other percentage as a "convenience fee" if you want to pay with a credit card. I don't remember exactly what it was, maybe 2.5%? Not a huge amount, but come on, man.

That's a new one, a credit card tax. I haven't seen it at any other auction house before. Both of those fees are buried in the terms when you sign up, they aren't listed on the site.
 

mjp

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#7
$922 for the ARC of Women was certainly high.

But I thought the poster for the German reading was a steal, and $1599 for a book with a painting was also a steal (even if none of the paintings were great). $2214 and $2460 for the other books with paintings weren't particularly high prices. They were right about where they should be, seems to me.

You could argue that $1230 for the 1963 scribble is high, but I'm not sure it is when you consider how few early Bukowski art works (scribbles or not) come on to the market.
 
#8
I thought the poster was very cool but didn't bid because my better half said "we have enough Bukowski on the walls" even though we only have three pieces and a large space. I did bid on the Women ARC and I thought my bid was about right even with the 25% fee but I did not win.

What is the deal with these Saturday auctions? I'd much rather bid on my employer's time versus my own personal time.
 

skiroomalum

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#10
That particular seller specializes in attempting to sell Bukowski items in mediocre condition for insane prices. I honestly don't see how he sells anything for even close to his asking prices. I wouldn't use his prices as a yardstick for current values.
 
#11
Yeah, buddy, I was being sarcastic. I should've made that clear. Really frustrating to see this stuff get picked up and then get savagely inflated. I've never bought from him/her but thanks for the tip on condition. Seems like there are only a handful of sellers I trust with simple basic description of condition.
 

roni

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#12
Must admit, many of the prices in the market I don't get them any more.

Big 922.50 [what sick figures are these anyway?] for a simply signed book and 2,214.- for a mediocre painting in a first edition that isn't numbered or lettered ..... and at the same time only 1,230.- for a drawing from 1963, not to mention that if said drawing had been "only a part" of one 'it catches'-book (where it may have been tipped-in in fomer times) it would have brought even less, LESS!!

Of course, I also don't understand the prize for this most rare poster from the Germany-reading at all. I've seen the LP of the reading go for over 100.- and it isn't too rare, but I've never seen that poster for sale ANYWHERE at all, Ever, not even in Germany.

And then - in the PBA-auction just 2 weeks ago, the infamous 'Big White Book' including slipcase and signed print in rice-paper only made 275.- !!
Yes, sure, I am biased concerning Montfort-items, but still: this prize is sick.
 
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Pogue Mahone

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Of course, I also don't understand the prize for this most rare poster from the Germany-reading at all. I've seen the LP of the reading go for over 100.- and it isn't too rare, but I've never seen that poster for sale ANYWHERE at all, Ever, not even in Germany.
I went low on that because I figured it was common. I made small bids on too many things instead of the painting. I believe that painting was included in a BSP book as well. Martinelli letters? It wasn't a serigraph -- just a printed page. Plus, did you see the dimensions on that bad boy?

However, I do think whoever bought it would have gone up to $3000.00 or more.
 

skiroomalum

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#14
I was the $275 bid on that book. It was the only thing I bid on and was really surprised I got it for that.
Even with the extra PBA bullshit add-ons, it was a good deal.
 

mjp

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I also don't understand the prize for this most rare poster from the Germany-reading at all.
That was the only item that made me mad that I'd missed the auction. Who the hell schedules an auction at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning? That's what time it was here in California, anyway.

I've never seen a copy for sale either. That would have been mine (or I would have jacked up the price for the potential winner), because I would have bid a lot more than $184.50.