And this is from my dumbass collection…
Blog Guy, recently you wrote about an upcoming auction where they were going to sell a rare signed photo of the outlaw Jesse James for an expected $20,000 to $30,000. When is that auction?
It’s over. It was this week, and they had autographs of Somerset Maugham, Pope Alexander VII…
So you’d say the auction was kind of a Maugham and Pope operation? Get it?
No, I would only say something that outrageous if I wanted readers to switch immediately to another blog.
Sorry. Did the stuff sell for a lot of money?
Less than I would have thought. A book signed by Maugham, a great writer, went for $427 and one signed by Walt Whitman, a great poet, went for $1,098.
A letter signed by Henry Clay, a great statesman, went for $146, and an autograph of Helen Keller, a great inspiration, went for $488.
And you said they had Pope Alexander VII’s autograph?
Yep, signed in 1654. Nobody even bought it.
Wow! Very tough crowd, huh? Too bad for the seller of that Jesse James autograph, huh?
Oh, right. The autograph of Jesse James, a great dumbass, sold for $51,240.
Kids, listen carefully to the Blog Guy. If you’re thinking about a career, you just can’t beat dumbass. Talk to your guidance counselor, today.
Top right: Pope Alexander VII
Bottom right: Jesse James autograph, photo courtesy of Leslie HindmanAuctioneers