In the rabbit hole last week, Jeff Sexton wrote, “…it’s something special when you want to own a piece of accoutrement from a fictional character. Wanting to own James Bond’s watch. Or the same model.”
I saw this happen and wanted to share.
I was helping a used furniture and liquidation company in 2013. We were called to clean out a house of a recently deceased man.
An old rusted boat on a teetering trailer was in the backyard. It hadn’t seen water for 14 years. The grass had claimed ownership of its hull.
The boat was avoiding the water. It no longer ruled the waves and everyone knew the tragedy of this once beast of the beach.
We’re valuing the boat when the son proudly claims the boat is an exact replica of the James Bond boat in “Live and Let Die”.
Him: But it’s the Glastron GT-150
Buyer: Ok…We’ll give you $250.
Him: But, it was in the James Bond movie
Buyer: (not trying to upset the seller) Right…
A nosy neighbor pokes his nose an hour later, and comments on the rusted piece of crap as well. We talks at lengths about it being in a James Bond movie.
The $250 offer was for the trailer. The liquidation guy didn’t even want the boat.
We left not agreeing on the price of the boat/trailer, but agreed to come back the next day to clean out the house.
When we arrived, the son informed us the boat sold for $2000.
The new owner now owned a piece of James Bond, no matter how old, crusty and useless as it was.
Fascinating. Now I understand why, thanks to Jeff Sexton.