Month 9, Day 5 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Started off again fairly normal today, rolling out around 2 p.m. and doing some e-mail and then getting to the snail mail, then to WMG Publishing around 4 p.m.
I worked there for just over an hour, then headed to grab something from the deli, then off to the auction at 5:30 p.m.
I stayed at the auction until 11:30 p.m. Great fun. I stood the entire time, talking with friends, including a couple of poker-playing friends, the owner of a local hotel who was there for three hours, and the owner of my former store.
I ended up winning some great stuff, some for keeping, some for resale. They started the estate sale off by auctioning off a 1997 Suburban with 133,000 miles and leather seats and everything in fantastic condition. It brought two thousand, which I was surprised that it got that high to be honest, even though it was stunning shape. I sure wasn’t interested. (grin)
They then auctioned off a motor home that only brought three thousand. Again not interested. Then the fun started inside the auction building.
This was part of an amazing estate, the same one I got the rare Trek signed print a month ago.
This auction had some amazing stuff out on the deck and in display cases that we could all see (gun stuff and a ton of military stuff, since he was not only a doctor, but a Commander in the Navy on subs) and the auctioneer promised a bunch more coming out. And he kept his promise, including about 260 boxes of books. At least. Plus a hundred boxes of albums and God knows how many boxes of DVD movies.
So almost instantly after the auction started, I ended up with a portable display case that I can travel with. I plan to use it for marbles, take it with me when I am driving places and searching for collectable marbles. And I ended up for almost nothing getting three 1977 lithographs of old movie posters that will look nifty framed at WMG offices. King Kong and Casablanca were two. No real value in any of that so far, but fun stuff for me.
Then for research, I grabbed for $40 the 23 volume set of Time Life Epic of Flight series. Leather editions. The set sells for maybe $150 plus shipping online, so $40 was a good deal, and I wanted them for research in my writing office, or in our research library here in the house.
I bid on a couple of other Star Trek signed posters, but didn’t get them. They went past what I thought they were worth.
And I bid on the 17 Beatles albums in one collection. (American Editions, no butcher block) They looked mint. I dropped out of the bidding around $60.00 and they ended up selling for about $110 for the 17 albums, still a good deal.
And I bid on eight copies of 1955 Playboy magazines in decent shape. (That’s the first full year of Playboy. Playboy started in 1954.) I dropped out on those around $60.00 as well and they went to around $90.00. Again, still a good deal, but beyond what I felt I wanted to pay since I own a full run of Playboy Magazines and didn’t need the second few in 1955. I’m going to sell my full set as is at some point down the road.
Of course, as big auctions go, lots of people early, but not a lot of people have staying power. So I hung in there as the hours went by and the number of people left and I ended up getting three brand new coats that fit me perfectly. $200-300 coats each retail, at least, and I got them for $25.00. Yeah, I love auctions.
Then near the end, as the auctioneer was trying to clear piles of boxes of books, he decided to sell 13 HUGE boxes of bound Playboys and Penthouses and a few Oui Magazines as one lot. (I sold stories to Oui Magazine, but I don’t think I’m in the bound volumes this guy had, but I might be. He seemed to have some in the early 1980s.) The guy had taken all his Playboys and early years of Penthouse and had them professionally bound in leather. The magazines inside these mint hardcover casings are in perfect shape.
The guy started binding his set of Playboys from 1956. And went all the way through 1982. He bound the first years of his Penthouse collection as well. I think there had to be thirty or so Penthouse books in the boxes.
Online bound issues of Playboy from the mid-1960s sell for about $50.00 per book. And those are from library collections. These were not library. These he had bound himself. The receipts for the bindings is still in some of the books. I have no idea what the bound 1950s Playboys will sell for. Holy smokes.
These huge packing boxes, almost too heavy for anyone to pick up, had about 14-16 books per box. There were 13 boxes. About 180-200 books at least. I figure they will sell on eBay from $20 to $60 per book at least.
Ready? I won all 13 boxes for $80.00.
And damned near killed myself loading them into my van in the rain, but I got them in with some help. (grin)
All the stuff from the auction is still in the van, so I haven’t really looked at any of it. I came home, and went downstairs around midnight to watch some television.
Then came back up here around 2 p.m. to work on a short story that is due on Monday, but couldn’t get my mind on it at all. So I sat down in the living room to think about the story and fell asleep. Woke in about a half hour and grabbed a snack and came in here.
I worked on the story for a time, more dinging at it than anything, to get some words done today, even though I hadn’t really expected to. So I managed 800 words.
And, oh yeah, Kris liked my story from yesterday called “In Case of Emergency” and I need to fix a few nits before putting it into Smith’s Monthly #8.
So a fun day off doing other things besides writing and workshops for most of it.
Totals For Month 9, Day 5
– Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,050 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
– Blog Posts: 850 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,650 words
– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 250 new words. E-mails month-to date: 91 e-mails. Approx. 3,450 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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