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Re: Monahans auction questions
One word...Ridiculous. Nuff said.
Michael Farmer wrote:
> Hello fellow list members, Today I pose an interesting question, one
> that should be raised and is perhaps being asked in other meteorite
> collector's/dealer's homes as I type this. Today, I received a postcard
> announcing the upcoming Monahans meteorite auction on July 24th.
> The postcard reads as follows with nothing added or omitted:
> A unique auction event.....
> We invite you to participate in a unique event: the auction of the
> Monahans, Texas meteorite which was retrieved by seven young men
> immediately after impact on the evening of March 22 of this year. This
> extraordinary specimen will be presented exclusively by
> NaturalHistoryAuction.com at 6 p.m. EST on Friday July 24, 1998 and will
> close at 12 midnight July 26, 1998. Bids will be accepted by email, fax,
> and telephone.
> Please register before
> NaturalHistory Auction.com
> Post office Drawer J, Ithaca New York 14851 USA
> Email: Monahans@naturalhistoryauction.com
> Phone: 1-607-257-5349 Fax 1-607-266-7904
> This is the information on the postcard word for word.
> I pose these questions to the list and people involved:
> 1. Who is auctioning off this meteorite? It is quite clear that this
> auction is now being run by Michael Casper instead of Steve Arnold.
> 2. Why? How can the current high bidder also run the auction?
> 3. How can we, the interested buyers, email or phone our bids in to the
> auctioneer if he is also one of the buyers?
> It is not too dificult to see that the contact information on this
> card all went to none other than Michael Casper. I just want to know
> what the true story is with this auction. WE ALL WANT TO KNOW!!! Has the
> outcome has already been decided on this one.
> I have conformed to the list protocol in every way. I have made no
> personal attacks and I use my real name to pose the questions here,
> unlike the cowardly Colonel Whithead, who is afraid to contact me about
> his accusation of conspiracy over the Portales fall. There is no
> conspiracy there at all , just business, but here, with Monahans, it
> seems that nothing is at it should be and we all should question ALL of
> those involved as to their intentions. The card clearly states that the
> Monahans meteorite is and I quote " This extraordinary specimen will be
> presented exclusively by NaturalHistoryAuction.com.." If Steve Arnold is
> the meteorite broker who is auctioning this meteorite for the children
> who own it, how can the high bidder be the one who EXCLUSIVELY offers it
> ? Has it already been sold and is now being auctioned again? If Michael
> Casper does not own it already and will simply be running the auction,
> How can it be a fair auction for anyone? Michael has already made his
> intent quite clear many times that he is prepared to offer BIG money for
> this meteorite. If he is now running the auction, it seems that the
> bidders must submit their bids to the high bidder for approval? Any
> logic here? I am truly confused on this one and invite everyone in the
> meteorite world to voice their concerns as well because this truly
> affects us ALL. Please reply directly to the list and not me, we all
> need to hear each other's thoughts on the very important issue at hand.
> Mike Farmer
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