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gaspar
01-05-2012, 02:47 AM
Not mine but I wish it was :p

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290654109326?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Gmoney
01-05-2012, 02:58 AM
WOW! Just WOW!!!

Olarte
01-05-2012, 02:59 AM
nah, for $55,000 it's over $2000 per uke, I don't think so. no specs on what they are etc?

Hey maybe I can sell my collection of 8 for say $10,000 and buy it all over again for 1/2 the ammount.

Thats one of the nice things about Ukes, they are actually affordable even for the top of the line. Now if this was a Classical Guitar collection, maybe it could command such a price but $55,000 for 24 ukes??????

ukegirl
01-05-2012, 03:00 AM
Not a very detailed discription for $55K though....!

byjimini
01-05-2012, 03:11 AM
That has to be a "look at me, look at me!" listing if I've ever seen one before; no information as to what is for sale for a large sum of money.

For the record, it's not $2000 each - there's 73 ukes there, spread across 3 pictures.

ukeeku
01-05-2012, 03:16 AM
Unless that is a washburn holy grail uke (Worth$25K) and an original washburn bell ($5K)
With out knowing anything about the exact ukes, just looking at the pictures, I would say $14,000 - $19,000 would be fair

efiscella
01-05-2012, 03:40 AM
Olarte, It is actually 73 ukes but I still agree with you. It is a lot of money and very little detail--- but still, this makes my UAS seem not quite as bad.

Gmoney
01-05-2012, 03:41 AM
This clearly needs more detail to invite interest, though I'm sure the big $$$ spender may already be aware of this collection & already contacting the seller directly. It appears that there are several early Martin's 3M or 3K, and that airplane shaped uke is itself quite rare. Reminded me of an article from a while ago about a similar collection:

http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_14805901

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/ukulele-collector-andy-roth-an-interview-with-collectors-weekly/

I asked the seller via eBay for a more detailed list - perhaps he will add more details. In the meantime, when my wife complains about my UAS, I'll have to show her that listing to show how well I resist temptation! (though, resistance is EASY w/that pricetag!)

ukeeku
01-05-2012, 05:20 AM
If anything, I would offer $8000, with a complete list and sell it off piece by piece. Saying that;
1. I don't have $8K
2. I don't sell ukes

so there is that

peewee
01-05-2012, 05:26 AM
Maybe there's no info because the spouse put up the listing..

Gmoney
01-05-2012, 05:33 AM
I asked the seller:


Amazing collection there! But, for that kind of $$$, you are really going to HAVE to list what they all are. There appears to be several Regals, maybe at least one Martin 3M or 3k, some interesting Lyon & Healy, as well as more than one "Style 1" or Style 2" Martin/Gibson?? Looks like maybe one or more Johnny Marvin?? And the "legendary" airplane uke is surely worth mentioning beside the photo?

The seller replied:


dear GTFINCHER,thanks for the tips a few stores have shown interest and I'm lazy and bad typer but your help is surely appreciated your a nice person thanks again, Bruce

I wonder if it is a SCAM or due to a death in a family or ... ??

byjimini
01-05-2012, 05:37 AM
If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

A purchase that big would require a visit to his home to check them out personally, followed by a wired transfer.

The Canerdian
01-05-2012, 05:45 AM
nah, for $55,000 it's over $2000 per uke, I don't think so. no specs on what they are etc?

Hey maybe I can sell my collection of 8 for say $10,000 and buy it all over again for 1/2 the ammount.

Thats one of the nice things about Ukes, they are actually affordable even for the top of the line. Now if this was a Classical Guitar collection, maybe it could command such a price but $55,000 for 24 ukes??????

24 in the first photo. There are 2 more pics in which I counted a total of 64 ukes. That makes $860 each.

Meh. If I'd bought my very first uke more than a week ago... oh, and had a spare $55,000 in my pocket, It might be worth the risk.

I mean, c'mon, he's got a leopard print uke in the first pic and a cow-print in the third pic. Those alone must be worth a good $15k between the two of them, right?

Olarte
01-05-2012, 06:14 AM
This reminds me of a story of a guy that left for vegas with another woman and told his wife to sell his Corvette and send him the money, she did, she put it up for $1!
:smileybounce:


Maybe there's no info because the spouse put up the listing..

OldePhart
01-05-2012, 06:38 AM
Heh. If I spend $55k on ukes over the course of my lifetime just shoot me and bury me in the back yard, okay! :)

provines
01-05-2012, 07:18 AM
Maybe there's no info because the spouse put up the listing..

I bet you are on to something there... "Oh hi hon, say, while you were out hunting..."

Tommy B
01-05-2012, 07:31 AM
Just for fun, I thought I'd take a stab at identifying some of the ukes. Here's my take on the first photo (no time now for the others ... gotta work!). Anyone else wanna play?

First photo, top row, from left:

1. Unidentified
2. Martin 3K or replica
3. Martin 3M or replica
4. Unidentified
5. Harmony Jungle Uke
6. Vintage Hawaiian miniature uke
7. Harmony Aero-Uke
8. Miniature uke (possibly Tangi)
9. Lyon and Healy Shrine Uke
10. King David Ukulele (possibly Tangi replica)
11. Regal mandolin-shaped uke
12. Gibson tenor

Bottom row, from left:
1. Unidentified
2. Unidentified
3. Unidentified
4. Unidentified
5. Possibly early Kamaka figure-8
6. Lyon and Healy Bell
7. Martin 3K or replica
8. Unidentified (Gibson?)
9. Harmony Vita Uke
10. Lyon and Healy Venetian
11. Newer Kamaka soprano
12. The Gibson style 3 soprano

JT_Ukes
01-05-2012, 07:39 AM
I asked the seller:



The seller replied:

dear GTFINCHER,thanks for the tips a few stores have shown interest and I'm lazy and bad typer but your help is surely appreciated your a nice person thanks again, Bruce


I wonder if it is a SCAM or due to a death in a family or ... ??

ya know, if I was asking 55 THOUSAND dollars for something, I wouldn't be so lazy in the description of my posting ie NOTHING.,.. he sounds like a twit.

Teek
01-05-2012, 08:35 AM
Second pic #s 2-5 appear to be Le Domino ukes, and that looks like a Macaferri Islander top right (also one in third pic bottom row center to the left of a Carnival uke), bottom row left is a vintage Ka-Lai pineapple, that green one I believe is a Harmony and there are two resonator ukes. Third pic has a round blue Favilla camp uke top row left and a Harmony bari bottom row second from the right.

My first thought was "Wow", my second thought was "I would have taken more and better photos and put in a description", and my third thought was "Wow, none are cased and they are all hanging on a wall in a residence in Arizona, land of lots of forced air heat in winter and air conditioning in the summer. Hope the room is properly humidified or there will be cracks soon."

I think that realistically no sale is actually intended via eBay, as eBay would take a big chunk, so I'd guess if there was an actual sale it would be taking place off eBay. I also expect that none of these are favored daily players.

gaspar
01-05-2012, 10:00 AM
This is the first time I see a concert size "le domino" uke.
I really want more detailed pics of this collection.

ADD
01-05-2012, 11:00 PM
nah, for $55,000 it's over $2000 per uke, I don't think so. no specs on what they are etc?

Hey maybe I can sell my collection of 8 for say $10,000 and buy it all over again for 1/2 the ammount.

Thats one of the nice things about Ukes, they are actually affordable even for the top of the line. Now if this was a Classical Guitar collection, maybe it could command such a price but $55,000 for 24 ukes??????

Thinking the exact same thing.

Uke Whisperer
01-06-2012, 12:33 AM
My wife has given me permission to bid on the Ukes! She also offered her Quilting room (presently totally environmentally controlled) to become an addition to my Man Cave! I told her how much I loved her for being so understanding. Then she asked when she could move into the house on the beach that I'll be buying for her.
Sometimes I just don't understand women!

stevepetergal
01-07-2012, 03:17 AM
I got $67.42 cash and I'll throw in one 56 year old wife with a bad hip. Take it or leave it.

Tudorp
01-07-2012, 05:48 AM
I would assume if this is a legitimate for sale collection, and has a value anywhere close to that, it would have just been listed like that to make aware it is available to any would be collectors. I would also assume that any would be collectors would at a glace have an idea of which is what, and what it is, and inquire for more detail at that time. To be honest, if I had a collection anywhere close to that value available, I wouldn't look to sell it on ebay either, and just put it out there for "advertisment" that it is available, and be prepared to have all the detailed pictures and info on each to give to serious contenders. More than likely, a collection like that would end up being piece parted out anyway..

I would hope the buyer wouldn't expect someone to just hit the BIN button and head off to paypal...

cletus
01-07-2012, 08:03 AM
... and my third thought was "Wow, none are cased and they are all hanging on a wall in a residence in Arizona, land of lots of forced air heat in winter and air conditioning in the summer. Hope the room is properly humidified or there will be cracks soon."

:wtf:

Yup. I live in Scottsdale, too. I'm wondering where all them ukes are located?

I'd love to see 'em.:drool:

MGM
01-08-2012, 07:21 AM
listed started two days ago and i wondered why no one posted about it....take a look at some great old ukes

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290654109326?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Drew Bear
01-08-2012, 07:34 AM
Somebody posted it in the marketplace: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?58357-Awesome-collection-on-evilbay

vanflynn
01-08-2012, 08:31 AM
But the shipping is free

spookefoote
01-08-2012, 08:45 AM
I'm going to click on the Make an offer button and offer a dollar. Got to be worth a punt if not a laugh!

clayton56
01-08-2012, 08:57 AM
more than $2,000 each? I hope there is more info than just the picture.

Uke Whisperer
01-08-2012, 08:59 AM
I believe it is 74 total? 3 pics worth...

Matohota
01-09-2012, 07:18 AM
Any customer : http://www.ebay.com/itm/290654109326?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648#ht_500wt_922

glass
01-09-2012, 07:30 AM
I see someone made an offer guess not good enough

garyg
01-09-2012, 01:34 PM
I also wondered if someone would comment on this listing. My guess is that the seller is someone who is selling for the collector and perhaps picked a number out of thin air. No one knowledgeable about ukes would put that up without a thorough description of the model age and condition of each ukes. Hell the pics aren't even good. If you follow ukes on ebay you know there are quite a few uneducated sellers who looked the price up in an antique book and didn't realize that was for a uke in mint condition, or some other pricing method. And if you've got an original Washburn Bell why wouldn't you trumpet that. Caveat emptor

Plainsong
01-09-2012, 06:12 PM
It doesn't add up and I smell a potential drama bomb. As has been said, this could be a spouse or relative and who knows the permission they have. Imagine how easy it would be to avoid the appearance of that just by typing words! For 55k, I might just give the word typing thing a go!

gaspar
08-07-2012, 10:43 AM
...and the collection itīs back:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uke-Collection-Extra-Fine-/290757129327?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b279b46f

Iīve offered many time to buy all of the "Le Dominos" but the seller refuse to split the collection.
Someone please buy this and then sell me only the dominos :p