The seller told me that he forgot to add to the listing that the anchor is fluent in three languages so I grabbed it. I needed someone to talk to, what can I say. You gotta hear its French, simply amazing!
Now I have seen it all. Wow, I've got two of those things in my collection. If I would have know he wanted something that bad, I would have gave him a break and sold it to him for $499.99. GEESH! This really falsifies the value of a vintage piece! Hooray for the seller!
Oh wow, you guys don't recognize this? This was the original anchor that came with Ringo's first Ludwig OBP set. He didn't like it, he favored the W&A type, which he got. This Ludwig anchor went into a box of spare parts that travelled with him everywhere he went. He eventually gave it to Buddy Rich as a token of his esteem and respect, right after they recorded the famous-but-unreleased Buddy vs. Ringo drum solo album. However, it was stolen by a disgruntled trombone player in Buddy's big band and it disappeared from sight, to be found years later in a pawn shop in Lafayette, IN. The drummer for Ray Gretencord and his Cosmopolitans used it for some time until the eventual ebay seller, who happens to be a knowledgeble West Coast collector, happened to be at the local American Legion one Saturday night and recognized it. He gave the drummer for RGahC $10, disappeared and put it up on ebay, but he left a note with the bargirl, who happened to be the drummer's (for RGahC) girlfriend, explaining what it really was. And the rest is history. The buyer got an amazing good deal. So, no more bafflement. And I know this to be true, because it was I who was the drummer for RGahC.
I do know that one of my auctions about 4 or 5 years ago got caught up in a frenzy and sold for about 7x of what it was worth. I was selling a standard pair of 22" Rogers kick drum hoops. From the mid 70's (if I remember). Anyway they bid up to about $250 plus shipping These at the time seemed to be going for about $20 each. I assumed that I would never receive the money, but the guy paid promptly
To this day, I still don't know what happened with that auction but it taught me that sometimes lightning does strike on Ebay.
Things that make ya go hmmm-m-m-m-m . . . seems fishy, but who knows . . . maybe someone really wanted it. Seems there are always some bizarre deals like this . . . Ludwig cowbells and the Ralph Kester Ching Ring come to mind . . . does anyone remember the Cymbal-Snaps that went for like $150 each a few months ago . . . . . I have some, so I have been watching them and none have gone that high since . . . $5 to $10 now . . . NAD