There should now be no doubt in anyone's mind detlef maltzahn is a moron.
RK just checked out the upcoming sale catalog, and it is blatantly apparent mr maltzahn has lost whatever small modicum of rug savvy he might ever have had.
We have been demonstrating for many years now maltzahn's over arched and hyped reputation as a carpet expurt. But this latest sale catalog with below bargain basement pricing and over-used late 19th century, or circa 1900, dating for Turkmen weavings that are obviously earlier takes the cake.
Sure, sure business is tough and an auctioneer like maltzahn has to go a long way to get people interested and then to bid. However, stupidly low estimates, just like his former high ones for weavings that surely were worth less, is not in RK's opinion to the way to accomplish this.
There's an old saying: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". In maltzahn's case we'd like to add "And when the tough get going, morons get stuck in the mud".
Time will tell if bargain basement and generally poor and worthless just above airport art rugs can be sold in the present economic climate.
Although, too bad for maltzahn's supposed reputation, as he will not be saved whatever the outcome.
And on top RK has heard maltzahn is planning to begin selling paintings and other "fine art" in the rippon boswell salesroom.
Frankly, RK is sure he will make an ever bigger fool out of himself should this rumor actually be true.