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Old 07-31-2009, 09:36 PM
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Default "Legendary" Paper Restoration in their Live Auction!

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http://www.lelands.com/bid.aspx?lot=684&auctionid=811

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http://www.legendaryauctions.com/Lot...100&category=1

"A small repair has been effected at the right side, and paper has been added to the extreme tip of each corner."

Hmmm....big piece of tape removed and the corner which was eaten by a dog is now back! Just a "small repair..." I wonder if the paper restoration company that did this work also did the Keeler Cabinet which Mastro previously butchered?

Regardless, it would seem that Mastr--woops--Legendary again does well following up from a Leland's sale.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:48 PM
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I suppose it depends on your perspective as to what constitutes a small repair...I'd like to see before and after pictures of the other two programs that Allen refers to as having significant repairs. This one just doesn't scream out to me that Mastro/Legendary is trying to fool anyone.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:49 PM
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Well, how about the before picture of this program itself? Might be more relevant than a reference to similar programs.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:55 PM
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I'm all for disclosing information, and I agree they probably should have before pics of anything that is restored in any way...I'm guessing anyone looking to purchase knew exactly where the program came from.

Did this program sell? Looks like the auction closed with only the minimum bid.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:00 PM
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I believe just the internet bidding is closed; this lot is part of the live Mastro auction at the National.

And I'm not so certain that a buyer of this program would have known that it was previously sold over a year ago in Lelands auction. Who can keep track of every single lot in every auction?

Regardless, I can't understand why 'before' pictures were not included or why when giving comparison sales prices of purportedly similar programs Mastro neglected to note what THIS program sold for. After all, which prior sale is more relevant to a prospective bidder -- some unknown "similar" restored programs or the actual unrestored program?
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Well, if I'm about to drop a hundred grand on a WS program that has disclosed restoration I ask for before pics.
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Paper added at the "extreme tip" seems a bit understated given the picture in Leland's. Graphic Restorations does impressive work.
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Restoration is obvious...they didn't match the paper color exactly at the tips. Comparing the Lelands photos with the Legendary photos it appears that they actually lost a bit of paper on the bottom at the spine.
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I was watching this and when I saw the restoration compared to the 11/08 Lelands, my jaw just dropped. Can't they just leave this stuff alone? Of course not, we have to chase the almighty buck.

I personally would prefer the pre-restore piece and would not touch this thing. 106 years later and they have to mess with it. The potential problem is will there be full disclosure to potential buyers decades down the road? Heck there is barely disclosure now.

I might be in the market for this in the future and for this piece, there will be a big "no sale" sign around my neck.
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Legendary says there was restoration and says where it was done, including at the edge where the tape was, so I don't have an issue with the disclosure.
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