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Lantern10
14th Jan 2014, 03:32
Great when things just go right.

First Phase Chief's Blanket sets record at John Moran Auctioneers - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/embed/9cGlS05233Q?rel=0&iv_load_policy=3%3Cb)

gunbus
14th Jan 2014, 09:54
It is indeed Lantern, thanks :ok:

onetrack
14th Jan 2014, 11:09
Just my opinion - but this story shows exactly what is wrong with American society and its totally selfish, free-market capitalistic greed. That a society so rich, that one person can afford to pull out of his loose change, $1.8M for an old blanket - yet a man who loses his leg in a car accident, gets a paltry $800 a month in compensation to live on.
Most people dream of winning $1.8M in Lotto to set themselves up for life.
I'm glad I live in a society which has been condemned as "socialistic" and "left-leaning" by many American corporate "leaders" - but which adequately compensates nearly everyone for losses and disabilities.
The fact remains that Americas richest people get richer and richer every year - even through the turmoil of the GFC - yet so many middle-class Americans are struggling to survive with even a modest lifestyle, and many have fallen into poverty. Little wonder Jesus Christ threw the money-changers out of the temple.

500N
14th Jan 2014, 11:25
one track

The same thing goes on in Aus just as much, starting from the smallest
thing like toys (boats, motorbikes) and going up from there.

It just depends on what you want to spend your money on.

Good to see it went to someone who will benefit from it.

Ancient Mariner
14th Jan 2014, 11:38
I'm happy for the couple and it was rather touching to watch as the figures increased.
Per

fernytickles
14th Jan 2014, 12:18
What an extraordinary feeling it must have been for the sellers, & the auctioneers :)

Checkboard
14th Jan 2014, 12:45
yet a man who loses his leg in a car accident, gets a paltry $800 a month in compensation to live on.
He doesn't get $800 a month to live on. He gets $839/month disability cheque to supplement his income. :rolleyes: He lost a leg - not his ability to work! :ugh:

RJM
14th Jan 2014, 13:37
What an extraordinary feeling it must have been for the sellers, & the auctioneers


...and for the original Navajo weaver, if he were here.

goudie
14th Jan 2014, 13:59
Whilst it was a good bonus for the seller, I wonder if any of the money will the be given to the Navajo, from where the blanket originated.

RJM
14th Jan 2014, 14:02
They no doubt got their beads and knives...

Mr Chips
14th Jan 2014, 20:29
From what the expert said, I'd say the Navajo sold the blanket to a soldier for 4 years salary

Not bad for the Navajo who originally sold it and was presumably happy with the price.....

Lonewolf_50
14th Jan 2014, 22:28
onetrack, check out the prices paid for paint smeared on canvas. Your outrage may kill you, when you read the sums.

Sotheby's (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions.html#_charset_=utf-8&tzOffset=14400000&startDate=&endDate=&invertLocations=&eventTypes={e}AUC%3B{e}EXH&showPast=false&resultSections=departments%3Blocations%3Btopics&filterExtended=true&search=&keywords=&lots=&ascing=asc&orderBy=date&lowPriceEstimateUSD=&highPriceEstimateUSD=&artists=&genres=&types=&mediums=&locations=&departments=&topics=&currency=USD&part=true&from=0&to=12&isAuthenticated=false)