The big one that got away!

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Posted by Steve Price on June 11, 1999 at 05:03:44:

In Reply to: Mistakes: What Are We Willing to Share with the Novice? posted by R. John Howe on June 11, 1999 at 04:07:23:

Dear John,

Timmerman's comment about his biggest mistake being one that got away reminds me of one (of the many) that barely escaped my clutches. I was negotiating with a well-known dealer at an ACOR dealer fair when someone (who shall remain nameless) picked up the piece and bought it at the pricetag amount. He apologized to me for taking it out from under my nose, but I told him that he had done me a favor. He would get to live with the piece, learn its flaws, and it would never get any better than it was that day. I, on the other hand, would remember it being more and more exceptional every year, and was sure that this nice Yomud piece would, in my mind, eventually transform into the fabulous Salor trapping in the Textile Museum collection.

Oh, I ran into the buyer at the next ACOR and he offered the piece to me at a 50% markup. I declined. It had gotten better in my mind, but not that much better that soon.

To make a long story short: the advice to the newcomer is to never regret, but to treasure in memory, the ones that got away.

Steve Price

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