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Featuring the Johann Strauss & Leo Malz Collections


Zeppelin Flight Collections, Groups and Miscellaneous




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Lot 6205

Brazil, 11 different Zeppelin covers, 1930-33 (Michel 66B//319B). 11 cards of covers, all with appropriate markings, Fine to Very Fine.
Michel €1,170 ($1,310) Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6206

Canada, British airship scrapbooks, 1930. Two vintage scrapbooks with articles from Canada, America and Germany along with several envelopes; 4 covers dated 1 Aug 1930 (arrival) and 13 Aug 1930 (departure) from Montreal with small R-100 cachets; 1929 postal receipt card signed by Maj G H Scott, commanding officer of R-34 which was first to cross the Atlantic by air in 1919; and 3 envelopes signed by Charles D Burney, commander of the R-100; the loss of R-101 ended the airship effort in Great Britain for more than 30 years; a very interesting read. Shipping charges apply - weight 4.4 lbs.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6207

Germany, Mother Lode of the First flight of a Zeppelin airship to America, 1924. ZR-3 was built by Germany as part of reparations following the Great War; originally known as LZ-126 it was renamed USS Los Angeles; lot consists of 58 envelopes and 45 picture postcards from 18,000 pieces of mail carried; postcards have 50pf franking while letters required 1RM; on 12 Sep 1924 the post office reported it would stop accepting mail as of 15 Sep; all items in this lot are postmarked 4 Oct which adds a premium; Michel Zeppelin Specialized increases the catalog value from 50 euro before 15 Sep to 100 euro;that would bring the catalog value to $12,400; Frost puts the value per cover at $500 making the catalog value $51,500!; 103 pieces in total. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
Sieger 20a; €60 ($70).
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid $1,300
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Lot 6208

Germany, Graf Zeppelin world tour, 1929. Stunning group of German or Swiss franking on envelopes and cards that circled the planet; first is a sepia portrait postcard of Dr Hugo Eckener postmarked in Berlin with the new Graf Zeppelin on board circle date stamp, the 2RM Zeppelin stamp and red World Tour cancel; it is addressed to Max Preus who crossed the Atlantic 171 times and commanded the Hindenburg the day it exploded at Lakehurst; a second postcard, also with the valuable franking, has a beautiful violet CDS struck in Tokyo on the stamp (could not be more attractive); the next card, addressed to Japan, has the receiving mark conveniently on the face of the card; three envelopes, franked with the 4RM Zeppelin stamp, are similarly mailed to Tokyo and have either a machine cancel, or a very appealing primitive appearing hand cancel; the Swiss issues are spectacular, consisting of the high value allegory of flight, began in Zurich, moved to Friedrichshafen the same day, and have postmarks from Japan a few weeks later; two postcards from Germany to California with Los Angeles receiver marks, one 4RM Zeppelin stamp with numeral in the attach selvage and autograph of C E Rosendahl; some have multiples of the 4RM Zep and two have examples of both the 2RM blue and 4RM tied on the same cover; includes example of drop mail at Friedrichshafen with 2RM Zeppelin stamp; 22 items in total; the catalog value of the stamps alone exceeds $1,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Current Bid $1,700
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Lot 6209

Germany, Collection of 75 different Zeppelin covers with German frankings, 1924-38. LZ 126 through LZ 130, cards or covers - sometimes one of each for the same flight; no rare flights but some nice frankings including about 15 2m South America Flight Zeppelins; virtually all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.4 lbs.
Michel €11,000 ($12,330) Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $750
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Lot 6210

Germany, Collection of 31 different Zeppelin covers with German frankings, 1928-33. Cards or covers - sometimes one of each for the same flight; no rare flights but some nice frankings including three South America Flight Zeppelins and seven Polar Flight Zeppelins; virtually all clean and F-VF.
Scott $925.
Michel €7,575 ($8,490) Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6211

Germany, mostly Zeppelin cards and letters, 1928-1930. 65 items with about half postcards sent with images of Zeppelins; Southern Germany 28 Sep 1928 dates autographed Dr Ing Durr, Dr H Blau, and G Hurbert Scott (2 of each); 5 similar but without autographs; ZR 3 to the US (3); 10 LZ 127 with 4RM Zeppelin stamp plus Eagle franking; 5 mourning covers; LZ 127 Round the World Los Angeles to Friedrichshafen (2); Los Angeles to Lakehurst (4); Zeppelin Day in Tokyo 1929 (10); Lakehurst to Germany (12); plus commemorative covers; nice lot. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid $375
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Lot 6212

Germany, Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin, 1931-1936. LZ 129 Friedrichshafen to Friedrichshafen 23 Mar 1936; 14 May 1936 Bodensee to New York (and other with damage and not counted); 9 May 1936 Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst; Lakehurst to Frankhurst 14 May 1936 (2); LZ 127 Polar flight matching set of postcard and cover with Soviet imperf Zeppelin stamps; LZ 10 (Schwaben) to Darmstadt 22 Jun 1912; 25 Jul 1935 Eight South America Flight; 28 commemorative envelopes and cards; bonus, 8x10 glossy photo of the Graf Zeppelin at Rio De Janeiro; catalog $700+.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6213

Germany, Flights of the ZR 3 and LZ 127, 1924-1928. Wonderful grouping of airship flights; 4 Sep 1924 with colorful franking from Nurnberg to New York; two 50pf stamps pay the rate from Friedrichshafen to New York; lovely postcard with a 50pf issue, attractive backstamps including flight information; similar cachet on envelope and 1RM payment; 100pf stamp on cover autographed by Dr Eckener; pair of cards with mixed franking (Germany and Swiss); 4RM and Eagles on Graf Zeppelin flight 11 Oct 1928, autographed on the reverse by Dr Ing Durr; lastly a LZ 127 cover with two 2RM zeppelin stamps that has been "butterflied" so you can see the autograph of the son-in-law, Grafin von Bradenstein Zeppelin; 9 superior items.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6214
Germany, Commemorative airship medals, 1928-1933. 2 sets of curious half dollar sized medals with early American themes on the face and airships on the reverse, these items honor Graf Zeppelin (1900), Shenandoah (1923), and Hindenburg (1936-37), in a lovely presentation case, an accompanying numbered note confirms them as authorized by the Zeppelin Metal Work, Friedrichshafen for the 75th anniversary of LZ-1's first flight; eight coin like medal with, very attractive and appeared to be given as gifts in the 1928-29 time frame, most honor Hugo Eckener and the Graf Zeppelin; bonus, two embossed documents (dated 27 May 1941 and 20 May 1945) that appear to be signed by Benito Mussolini, there is also a ticket or pass from 1940 with what appears to be a printed Mussolini, these documents are assumed to be forged and are not represented as genuine, interesting nonetheless, the medals are in a magnificent mint state of preservation with proof-like details and a beautiful rainbow patina, of the highest quality and most desirable. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.4 lbs.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6215

Germany, 1929 European Flights, group of 10 different cards or covers (Michel 33//50). Comprises Michel numbers 33Ia, 42Ib (card & cover), 42IIb, 44d, 46IIb, 46IIb var. (Oct 20 onboard cancel), 48e & 50Ie; all clean and Very Fine.
Michel €1,330 ($1,490) Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6216

Germany, Small Collection of Pioneer Zeppelin Cards, 1912-14. 31 flown cards and 13 mint cards, most of the latter with souvenir onboard datestamps; most of the flown cards are the 1912 Schwaben Rhine & Main flights, which include three "Gelber Hund" flights (though not technically Zeppelins); just about all F-VF, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6217

Germany, 1929 Overseas Flights, collection of 18 cards of covers (Michel 18//27). Nothing rare but most selected for unusual interest: destination, franking, type of card, etc.; comprises six Orient Flight - Er Ramle Drop, including one to Jaffa and card & cover to Jerusalem; three Mediterranean Flight; five Interrupted America Flight; and four Resumed America Flight, Very Fine.
Michel €1,180 ($1,320) Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6218
Germany, Soup spoon fashioned from LZ 4 and better medallions, 1908. Cast from the remnants of the Zeppelin airship LZ 4, which burned near Echterdingen, in Swabia on August 5, 1908, beautifully illustrated on both sides of the handle, expressing the reverence Germans felt for the airships; 4" bronze relief medallion honoring Hugo Eckener (1928), beautiful half dollar-sized medallion dated 8 Jul 1928 on the face and a scene of children playing and the Graf Zeppelin in the background; unusual.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6219
Germany, Graf Zeppelin vintage scrapbook, 1931. Tired scrapbook (missing posts) with fascinating accounts of LZ-127; flown picture postcard dated 7 Jun 1931 Magdeburg flight with beautiful cancel over 1RM zeppelin stamp; 80 page book on LZ-127 by Langsdorff with lots of images; 12 different 2.5" x 3.5" black and white photos; 19 Dec 1928 airmail postcard from Berlin; 12 page sumptuous 1934 Hamburg-American booklet in sky blue; 1934 Air Post Journal devoted to airships; 8x10 photograph of the Graf Zeppelin in Rio 25 May 1930; cut autograph of LZ-127 US Representative F W Von Meister; a wonderful read. Shipping charges apply - weight 4 lbs.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid $130
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Lot 6220
Germany, Friedrich Heiss. Das Zeppelin Buch. Inscribed to the consigner from a friend in Chicago 1938, this wonderful picture book written in German (1936 is chock full of photographs and stories about German airships, about 270 pages; dinner in honor of Dr Hugo Eckener 22 Oct 1928 (with binder holes but otherwise fresh); Official Book of the Flight of Gen Italo Balbo and his Italian Air Armado to A Century of Progress Chicago-1933 (fold down middle and faint toning; 42 page brochure "book" on North German Lloyd "Columbus" between Bremen and New York; 112 page 7x10" paperback on the Graf Zeppelin by Von Max Geisenheyner; 21 posters 8.5 x 12.5" with a picture of a Nazi airship that reads (in German), We help! With his donation for the construction of a new Zeppelin airship Hindenburg has earned thanks to the old home and all those who believe in the ultimate victory of the German spirit with unshakable trust in the performance of the German worker ; two copies of a brochure entitled, 2 days to Europe, in part it reads while referring to the Hindenburg, "No passenger on any Zeppelin has ever suffered from air sickness and none have ever declared that to cross the Atlantic by air was anything but an interesting and exhilarating experience", the brochure was published March 1937; four wonderful magazines (10" x 13"), Zeppelin ride around the world, the commemorative book of the week, two copies (one soft and one case bound), and two copies of The Week Sept 1929, 21 days of world history with a Geisha waving to the Graf Zeppelin, these are WONDERFUL publications in good condition; bonus metal zeppelin postcard used but without franking or postal marks; for the right airship lover; minor soiling on edge and on reverse, spine is tight. Shipping charges apply - weight 8 lbs.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid $100
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Lot 6221

Liechtenstein, Four different Zeppelin flights, 1930-31 (Michel 128//185). 1930: Sep 23-25 Ostsee Flight - Stockholm Drop (Mi. 128 IV); Sep 28 Vogtland Flight (130); Oct 5 Leipzig Flight (135); and 1931, Jun 10 Liechtenstein Flight (185 I); all with appropriate markings and excellent frankings, Very Fine.
Michel €810+ ($910) Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid $180
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Lot 6222

United States, Round the World Flight, 1929. Mail from each leg of the Graf Zeppelin flight around the world; envelope ($1.05) Lakehurst to Friedrichshafen, and 2 postcards ($0.55), one of the postcards is signed by Grace M Hay Drummond Hay (first woman around the world by air); a total of 8 items from Lakehurst to Tokyo, 3 underpaid ($1.04) but not marked postcards (one with Hay on the reverse), 4 letters ($2.05); a postcard from Lakehurst to Los Angeles ($1.80) and an envelope ($3.55); 2 cards from Lakehurst to Lakehurst ($1.80), and an envelope ($3.55); lot includes the autographs of Gilbert Grosvenor (president of the National Geographic Society), Ernest Lee Jahncke (acting Secretary of the Navy), Jack C Richardson (Official Observer of the flight), and C E Rosendahl (Commander of the USS Los Angeles; bonus, three stunning embroidered silk ribbons in purple, white and maroon; catalog value $2,400. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.4 lbs.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid $500
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Lot 6223

United States, Trio of first flight covers, 1928. Three legal-sized airmail envelopes with the Chicago Aero Philatelic Society corner card; each cancelled Lakehurst NJ 28 Oct 1928 and received Friedrichshafen 1 Nov 1928; franked with C1-3 and three C9, the first is slightly overpaid; the second has C4-6 as well as a pair of C9 and C10 (also slightly overfranked), it is autographed by Hugo Eckener Commander Graf Zeppelin (he would go on the following year first around the world); the last has C9 and C10 paying the charge, it is signed by Ernst Lehmann, who commanded more than 100 Graf Zeppelin flights and perish at Lakehurst with the Hindenburg; bonus, sumptuous dinner program in honor of Dr Hugo Eckener in Chicago 22 Oct 1928 (in superb condition), and a brochure (Mar 1937), 2 days to Europe, from North American Lloyd.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6224

United States, Akron airship, 1929-1932. 17 items (plus a USS Macon noting first flight) related to ZRS-4; 2 machine cancel c.d.s. Akron, OH 7 Nov 1929 for ring laying; handstamped c.d.s. for later that evening autographed by C E Rosendahl, Scott Peck, Charles Bauch, B May, W Bushnell and H M Dickman, backstamped Lakehurst NAS; Airship dock (27 Oct 1930) USS Akron passes over Chicago (17 Oct 1931); 4 christening (8 Aug 1931); 3 first flight (23 Sep 1931); 5 carried on training flight (6 May 1932) including, 2 Roessler cards with forged Akron Mail overprint and USS Akron labels on reverse, Lakehurst to San Diego, and two with receiver marks in NJ 2 Aug 1932.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6225

United States, Memorial to the USS Akron, 1933. 30 items (plus 6 modern postcards) related to the loss of the USS Akron; autographs of Lt Cmdr H V Wiley, Richard E Deal and M E Erwin on Lakewood stamp society cachet, two examples on envelopes with Lakehurst NJ machine cancel and an additional two (smaller envelopes) on covers with hand cancels; RARE autographs of German tanker Phoebus which rescued crew members, autographed by Capt Dalldorf and 1st Officer Richard Ceglanski; printed memorial cachets postmarked Moffett Field and Barnegat NJ; Aretz cachets in red and blue; bonus, USS Los Angeles 1925 flight from Lakehurst to Bermuda; solid lot.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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Lot 6226

United States, First flight US to Germany,1928. Correctly paid rate on card from Lakehurst to Friedrichshafen, franks with C1, C6, C9 and 621, autographed by Hugo Eckener, Roesseler label on reverse; C9, 550, 568 and 648 on similar card, on the reverse are autographs of Maurice R Pierce Cmdr US Navy, TGM Settle, Lt US Navy and Chas E Bauch, Lt US Navy; includes a mint card with a sepia portrait of Dr. Eckener.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid $180
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Lot 6227

United States, Four different flown cards, 1930 (Michel 150I). Ostsee Flight - Stockholm Drop; and three different Nov 11 Netherlands Flights: Michel 150 (Netherlands franking), 150Ic & 150Id; all with appropriate markings, Very Fine.
Michel €830 ($930) Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6228

United States, First round the world flight,
1928-1929.
16 items related to the Graf Zeppelin flight; postcard rate (30 cents) pays the freight from Los Angeles to Lakehurst, a letter traveling the same route is overpaid; covers with C9, C10 similarly overfranked as is an attractive block of 6 C4 as part of the rate; badly toned but otherwise attractive large envelope that includes hi value stamps to pay to send it around the world; present is a card with 90 cents and an envelope with $1.80 to travel from Los Angeles to Friedrichshafen; multiple examples of uncanceled letters with a rubber stamp which reads, "Received too late to connect with Graf Zeppelin flight"; examples from New York to Friedrichshafen are also here; nice grouping.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid $150
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Lot 6229

Worldwide, Large Balance of the Zeppelin Collection. More than 200 covers or cards, more than half of which are LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" flights, most of them German frankings; including a number in quantities of 3-15 each, at least six of which are priced at €200 and up by Michel, including South America Flight and Polar Flight covers franked with the appropriate Zeppelin stamps; also included is a group of Zeppelin collateral which is made up of mint Zeppelin postcards, vintage newspaper clippings, advertising, etc; and another group of 50 or so non-Zeppelin airmail covers, both inter-European and Transatlantic, most, but not all of which are German; a fascinating lot with nice value scattered throughout. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.4 lbs.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Current Bid $1,700
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Lot 6230

Worldwide, Collection of 75 different Zeppelin covers, 1924-36. LZ 126 through LZ 129, cards or covers - sometimes one of each for the same flight; no rare flights but some nice frankings including nine South America Flight and three Polar Flight Zeppelins; virtually all clean and F-VF. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.2 lbs.
Michel €11,500 ($12,890) Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid $850
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Lot 6231

Worldwide, 18 different Zeppelin covers, 1929-32. Cards or covers - sometimes one of each for the same flight; no rare flights but some nice frankings including five South America Flight and two Polar Flight Zeppelins; virtually all clean and F-VF.
Michel €5,250 ($5,880) Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Current Bid $450
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Lot 6232

Worldwide, Zeppelin flight covers, 1930-32. Group of 15 different, from Germany, Austria and several South American countries, nice variety, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6233

Worldwide, balance lot, 1909-1930. Delicious remainder including better catapult, Zeppelin mail and autographs; oversized photograph of 1909 airship with inset of Count Zeppelin, reverse autographed Hans Kargelein Chicago 1 Mar 1935; copper colored souvenir medallion with Count Ferd V Zepellin on the face and the airship and the year 1909 on the reverse; drop mail 11 Oct 1928 of unfranked postcard over Friedrichshafen; 4 picture postally used photo postcards of Graf Zeppelin in flight over Germany; three meter advertising postcards (3pf) promoting engine oil used in the LZ 127; two LZ 127 postally used postcards signed by LZ 39 (WWI) commander Dr Lempertz; three flown Graf Zeppelin cards (with 2RM Zeppelin stamps) from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst 10 Oct 1928; H E Shoemaker, Capt US Navy on Lakehurst NAS stationary (cut square) with official envelope; three examples of William A Moffett Rear Admiral, US Navy, two on the back of commemorative envelopes and one TLS on 1929 official stationary; Maurice Pierce, who had both sub and airship wings and commanded USS Shenandoah in 1924 is found on a cut square, the reverse of two commemorative envelopes, and the 1928 first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from the US to Germany (1928), also on the cover are autographs of Navy Lts Charles Bauch and T G M Settle (who were involved in a car accident in which Bauch died and Settle severely injured); legal size airmail envelope US to Germany; two additional LZ 127 envelopes to Germany, one signed by John C Ingram, the Hearst Newspaper representative; Capt E S Jackson, Commander Naval Air Station Lakehurst on commemorative cover; lastly, are five better catapult covers including a gorgeous registered (with great franking) large envelope from stamp dealer Theodore Champion in Paris to a collector in Boston on the very first flight (a good one to have), also three with $1 value stamps paying transit on S S Ile de France, lastly a commemorative envelope on the ship but not flown; 33 items in total; lots of "meat" for the right specialist; significant crease across top of photograph.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid $250
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Lot 6234

Worldwide, Graf Zeppelin and USS Los Angeles, 1925-1933. Los Angeles Lakehurst to Bermuda (126-9a); Los Angeles Mayaguez to New York (126-10a); Graf Zeppelin German-American Group of Chicago official cachet legal size envelope with Baby Zep at Century of Progress Chicago to Akron (4); Graf Zeppelin 1932 South American flight, 10 stamps on piece (cat over $100); Irish postcard postmarked on first anniversary of Bremen fliers, autographed by William T Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free States; Lawrence Richey (Secretary to the President) signature on Whit House stationary dated 1929; 11 photo postcards, most postmarked in Germany 18 Jun 1929; bonus, 4 black and white photos (3x5) embossed I K Reiser with annotations about the 25 Sep 1929 Havana to Key West flight of Edwin Musick; catalog is excess of $780.
Frost 127-197; $70. Frost 126-10a; $400.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid $200
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