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Dunhill Namiki Maki-E Motorities Le Fountain Pen By Masato Sato



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Someone is selling this beautiful limited edition pen on eBay for US $178,888.00

In 2010 one was sold by Bonhams for US$ 13,420 inc. premium.

Does anyone think they will actually find someone who will overpay this pen for 160.000 dollars?

If the answer is yes and there really are idiots like that around I may just take a punt and put one of my P51 on eBay for $4,888.00. I am interested in what you think.

Inked: Sailor King Pro Gear, Sailor Nagasawa Proske, Sailor 1911 Standard, Parker Sonnet Chiselled Carbon, Parker 51, Pilot Custom Heritage 92, Platinum Preppy

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There are a couple of pens I have been interested in from this company. I had to call and ask the price each time and I was always taken aback. The guy that specifically deals with Maki-e pens is very aggressive (nice, but you really feel the sales pitch). He's always willing to "work with you on prices" but I never felt comfortable asking for a 75% + discount off of the asking price :P

 

Anyways they have nice stuff and they have a lot of out of production Maki-e pens. If they have the money to stock these pens and hold on to them long enough for some rich collector to buy them more power to them.

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It is likely to bring close to 100K. Your "51" on the other hand will still be a $75.00-100.00 pen.

Darn, and I was just beginning to hope...Still, if I would have that sort of money to spend on pens, I would wait for another Bonhams auction.

Inked: Sailor King Pro Gear, Sailor Nagasawa Proske, Sailor 1911 Standard, Parker Sonnet Chiselled Carbon, Parker 51, Pilot Custom Heritage 92, Platinum Preppy

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Someone needs to do an article for the Financial Times claiming that individual-artist maki-e pens with good provenance are of investment grade. That should do it. An art investment doesn't need intrinsic value: it only needs a high probability that someone else will pay more at some point in the future.

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