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Re: RIAC auction
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 11:17 a.m., in response to Re: RIAC auction, posted by Dan on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, at 10:45 a.m.
I am a VERY experienced collector, 45 years in the trenches building my holdings (www.picturetrail.com/sa4570af) but a TOTAL novice (or even less) at the auction world. Only had one experience (as an unsuccessful bidder) and it was bad.
That said, it APPEARS to be one of the slimiest operations going. It seems that there are charges just to breathe the air. For example, do you not collect from both the seller AND the buyer (through the nose) on EVERY deal?
What - if everything is sweetness and light - makes these impassioned defenses (like the RIAC vs. Julia battle of the not-too-distant past) necessary? One is reminded of Shakespeare's "Methinks thou dost protest too much."
I admit to knowing little to nothing of the process, but the view from the outside ain't pretty, looking very much like nothing more than a rich man's playroom. You'd better have BIG bucks if you want to play the game. I always put my money into the artifacts themselves.
I will also say that some of RIAC's descriptions leave a LOT to be desired as to accuracy (ONLY commenting on items in my area of expertise, so no apologies offered in that area)
Am sure I'll get blowback on this.
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