The $30,000 Corkscrew!

November 13, 2011

Yesterday was the ending of sale 8A for the ICCAuctions.  Unfortunately for me, I was stuck working all day.  😦  I spent the night before, strategising, and placing a few select bids.  With fingers crossed and my cell phone on vibrate, I could hardly wait till my break time to check in for updates!  Sadly, no wins for me.  😦

Worthy of notation was the impressive, but to be expected, rash of relentless bidding by every sellers favorite buyer Fotodeal.  He dropped a whopping $30,030 on this 1903 N.P.Samuelsen Dainish Patent!  He also picked up Peter’s Cherub and Stayrs brass frame corkscrew for a mere $13,263.  Amazing.  Congratulations Fotodeal on your new acqusitions.

Sale 8b of the ICCAuctions is ending in less than 90 minutes.  I’m off to find a few good deals!  Wish me luck!

Forget about eBay….

November 7, 2011

The ICCAuctions are a beautiful thing for corkscrew collectors.  Tons of rare corkscrews to see, bid on, and sell off.  But during the 3 weeks this is going on, it’s almost like we forget about our everyday go to auction site eBay…  Or at least some of us do.

This weekend I saw a Kupper Bier sell for less than $400!  Surely some people saw it, as there was 90 views on the auction page.  But maybe not everyone searches “down under” where the seller is located?  A steal of a deal none the less!  Yes, I bid, but not aggressively as I’ve already got one and I figured that since another sold on two days prior for $1500+ this one was sure to go higher.

And just this morning an amazing Henshall type with a very fancy carved handle sold for a mere $137!  I plain ol’ forgot to set a snipe and didn’t look at my watch list this morning.  Errrrrrr!!!  A beautiful and rare piece!  At least someone got a great deal!

So, as fun as the ICCAuctions are, there are still some great deals to be had for those that are looking….  Happy bidding!

The Gold Rush Era corkscrew…

November 1, 2011

I was scouring the archives of Google this weekend and found this baby.  A Will & Finck Corkscrew!  I’ve owned one of these previously and would love to get another for the collection!

I quickly proceeded to contact the owner to see if a deal could be made.  🙂

Within a few hours a phone call was made and our conversation went something like this:

“Hi, is the corkscrew still available?”

“Yes it is.”

“Well, what price were you thinking?”

“I was told that a few years back when Will & Finck was hot, it was worth 5.”

“Would you take 3?”

“You’re not far off….  I was offered 28 and I passed on it.  How bout 4?”

“28?  Wait a second…!  $2800?  We are WAY off here.”

Needless to say negotiations ended quickly and with out a corkscrew.  😦

Anyone else got a Will & Finck corkscrew available for purchase that’s not in the $1000’s?  Drop me a line at