Well, that is just fucking weird, that guy.
But it's funny, he could change the value of the Black Sparrow editions of books single handedly. Well, not single handedly - he has to have someone equally insane to bid against. If you doubt that, just remember that in the summer of 2003 two people changed the value of Bukowski manuscripts, almost overnight, and they did it on eBay.
From 1998 to 2003, Scott Harrison of Abandoned Planet bookstore in San Francisco sold hundreds of Bukowski manuscripts on ebay for $75 to $300. Some of what he sold was marginal, less valuable stuff (later Xeroxes and computer printouts), but he also sold many priceless gems (like an original poem typescript from 1979 - I've never seen another original sell on eBay, ever, and only a few through rare book dealers pre-eBay).
In 2003 Scott told me he was at the end of his manuscripts - literally down to the last dozen (not true, obviously, as he continues to list them two or three years later) - and for some reason, a couple of big bidders suddenly came out of the woodwork to buy. So during the summer of 2003, the manuscripts jumped from $75-$300 to $1100-$1200, virtually overnight.
The higher prices may be a more accurate, considering the prices comparative author's manuscripts go for, but then Bukowski created more manuscripts than most comparative authors. In any event, it was weird to see stuff go for $1225 when I bought better poems from the same book manuscript for $80.
But the reason you see less than stellar manuscripts selling now in the $700 - $1000 range is because of those two guys. Whoever is bidding up these shit-condition common BS paperbacks could have a similar impact. Stranger things have happened.