Yes, it makes sense to have the estimate low. You certainly have some good auctions in France. I did bid on one item but did not succeed. I guess if they do not ship, some buyers will be on their way to France to collect their specimens, and may take in the fair city of Paris on their trip.
I guess the price reflects that it is almost certainly extinct and it was an ex Le Moult specimen in super condition. I was examining a museum collection a couple of years ago, and found an old specimen that they never knew they had, it was not in the best of condition, but they were very pleased to find out they had one.
It brings more bidders. Sellers are happy at the end of the sale. Perfect for the auction company.
Yes, the Auction Company seemed to be extremely excited to see all bidders could go back home with an Auction Gift !
I felt - altought not being an expert - that some lots were just great to naive bidders willing to start a collection - but there were some great opportunities to a few Ornitoptera even some were sold at crazy price.
Sorry Radovan, we were bidding on the same lots and I am extremely sorry that none of us won... May be combining next time...
Yes Michel, Low price at 300€ including Les Morpho (ok at 50€ max)
They did not advertise it as a FULL monography. They didn't even realize it was rare (I discussed with Lachaume about it to check if it was full or not). If it would have been advertised as full, they would have gotten more bidders on it.
As you know, some parts of this monography are easy to find and some are rare. That's why a full Talbot Monography is hard to find.