Oh' I am familiar with the dithering issue as I too have lost some choice items via old collections being parted out. Have gone back from time to time to retrieve something I should have picked up "Johnny on the spot " --- only to find it gone. Sometimes, in as little as a day....
Glad to hear Olivier that the organizers hosting these fairs have not as yet started the "floor rights" / kick $20 bucks and get me in thing..... Your fortunate so far but, I do suppose mentioning this here as I have may only give someone ideas. Damn.
I liked all the photos of the specimens you posted and appreciate that only 5% or so of the whole were represented but I must ask if you remember seeing African species? I spotted only three in the photos and assume that other African ones were elsewhere and not included.
I believe I know where the Delias narses came from, they are not being advertised on Collectors Secret anymore. Some Japanese have lots of spare cash and are willing to pay big money for specimens. Last year at Modena, I watched a Japanese collector fill his box with pre-ordered Parnassius paratypes, some up to 2000 euros each.
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It just "crushes me" to see such such great specimens in such volumns available for cherrypicking and purchase ! I can't believe we don't even have small scale affairs here in the states. So unfair and stupid. I can only say these fairs in Europe are looked upon from afar by envious eyes.....
I completely agree. I've been on the watch for an event even remotely comparable here in the U.S. and I haven't found anything yet.
Completely drool-worthy photos, though! They're almost as good as being there in person!