Mister Nelson Mandela for beeing such a great and wonderful idol to the world. Showing that unity is the key to freedom, that love is the greatest power and our heart is the biggest weapon. We are the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls. Thank you Nelson Mandela!
Recently, a lucky Sky customer won Bradley Wiggins’ Tour winning Pinarello Dogma (or at least one of them). He sold it through a professional service that listed it for £8,000 (Pounds). Now Froome’s bike is also up for grabs at the same price. That’s less than the price of a new loaded Pinarello. I can’t think of another example of where a monumentally important piece of sporting equipment, like the first English Tour winner, is worth less than something that’s available at the local shop.
This is particularly interesting because I am trying to sell a Team SCIC Colnago that was used by Giancarlo Polidori, a professional in the early 70’s. Assessing its value is/was a challenge. So, I decided to price it like a 1969 Colnago Super with rare Campagnolo and Cinelli components. The fact that it was professionally raced is more of an added bonus than a determining financial factor. However, based on ebay Advanced Searches, famous cyclists like Merckx or Lemond do clearly affect values. Obviously, the vintage bike market is more mature than the contemporary one. While there are tons of collectors for old things, newer ones seem to be neglected - the great exception is Leo’s Bike Collection. I think this man is very much on to something!
Today’s moral comes from art dealer, David Zwirner, in a fascinating feature in the New Yorker: “One of the reasons there’s so much talk about money is that it’s so much easier to talk about than the art.”