[W&B] Rare Scofield Camera sells for $ 500
silver at well.com
Sun Oct 14 16:16:29 EDT 2007
You may have entered the item number incorrectly. I cut and pasted the
eBay URL that Dan provided, and it took me directly to the Scofield
auction without an problem.
I see Fred has already taken down the pictures in the auction. I wasn't
particularly impressed with the camera anyway. I mean, I acknowledge its
history and novelty, but it's basically an ugly big old thing with little
else to recommend it. Fred handled this auction oddly. He provided an
earlier "auction" where prospective bidders could buy a CD about the
camera in advance of the actual auction. It made no sense. I can't
imagine people wasting the time and money to buy a CD with the same
information that was going to be given freely in the eventual auction
description. Maybe I'm missing something there. But in the end I feel
Fred kind of made much ado about nothing, and I'm sure he didn't think the
auction would crash and burn with a single opening bid of $500. Is it
worth more? Hard to say, but I think we saw a classic case of just
because something is rare doesn't mean it's valuable. I would have
"guesstimated" a value in the $2000 range, so Pete Schultz got a pretty
good deal. Another thought is that Fred makes his auctions so darn
complicated and convuluted, with waaaaaaaaay more information and fancy
presentation than necessary, combined with somewhat unfriendly buyer
practices (he won't accept Paypal because "they charge" for the
service...doh!), that bidders get turned off. No reflection on Fred
because he's a good enough guy, and buys and sells good stuff, but I would
have done (and regularly do) it differently.
Another subject, if some of you know your tri-color cameras, take a look
at item C80 in Guernsey's. It's marked as a Tropical Neugold from Ihagee,
but it's another stunningly bad mistake on their part. Steve Shohet was
asking me if I recognized this camera, and I'm completely baffled. Does
anybody here know what this is? Inquiring minds need to know! Thanks.
International Photographic Historical Organization
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On Sun, 14 Oct 2007 mathew_brady at msn.com wrote:
> I never knew the Scofield was an early 35mm Pentax.
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> Subject: [W&B] Rare Scofield Camera sells for $ 500
> I was following this and was going to bid, but got distracted and forgot.
> One bid to Pete Schultz for $ 500.....good for him.
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