Well ladies and gents,
The auction is over now and the first printing/first edition of The Secret of the Old Clock sold for a $11,700.00!
Anyone else watch the ending of the auction?
The bidding started on June 29th when the book was listed. 4 bids were placed on June 30th. 6 bids on July 1st. And 2 on July 4th. Nothing until the final 2 minutes. It topped out at $8000.00 on July 4th. Most of us figured it would sell for at least $10,000.00 at which it as sold for before and possibly more once before in an undisclosed sale.
I figured by the time it was going for $8000.00, we'd see a cease of activity until the last few seconds before it ends when people come in and manually snipe or use sniping software. I've been involved in auctions before where I snipe and all of a sudden you're outbid or outbidding someone else doing the same. I've seen an auction before suddenly go for hundreds due to half a dozen or more last minute bidders jumping in "out of nowhere." :) So those last few seconds are where the party's at.
It was down to the last 2 minutes and finally another bid. Up to $8100.00. Then 6 seconds before the auction ended, a sniper; Geowall bid it up to $11,700.00
FYI: Geowall is a reseller, not a collector as far as I know. So either he has a buyer in mind or will be reselling it. He sells on eBay as Bookbid. Buys as Geowall. I was hoping to see it go to a Sleuth member or Nancy Drew collector, but maybe it still will.
I wonder if the fact that the auction ended on a holiday weekend was a factor, as I would have thought word would have spread through the collector community since such a scarce book was up for auction. I usually do not list items to end on a holiday weekend as I figure people are traveling and not paying attention to eBay.
Here's to hoping that more of these begin to surface for collectors in the future! Heck, a first printing of The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, and The Secret at Shadow Ranch would be super to see too!