Re: Mistakes: Too Few to Mention?

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Posted by Yon Bard on June 14, 1999 at 07:52:14:

In Reply to: Re: Mistakes: Too Few to Mention? posted by R. John Howe on June 13, 1999 at 15:38:46:

: Yon, Marvin -

: C'mon you guys. Don't take me to philosophy class. Share some experience. :-)

: John

OK, John, here's an example. The Thompson sale at Sotheby's (12/10/93) occurred early in my Turkoman collecting carreer. At the time I was obsessed with acquiring a Salor. Unfortunately, the Salors came up late in the sale, so that I sat on my hands through the early going, preserving my money for the Salors. Well, I ended up being the losing bidder on three of them. Now I realize that I should have bid on some of the pieces that came up earlier. Even among the Salors, I wasn't at the time able to appreciate the beauty of no. 57, which I might have been able to get, instead of the more garish no. 55, which I failed to get. That would not have happened if I'd listened at the time to the advice of some knowledgable people, but 'expert' advice is so often suspect, who can be blamed for not following it when it runs against one's own inclination?

My greatest sorrow is that the Cassin sale occurred before I got into the field. In that sale, some of the most wonderful Turkomans failed to sell, or sold for a pittance. But would I have appreciated them even if that sale had been held a couple of years later?

Regards, Yon

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