RK avoided, so far, commenting on the skinner sale because, quite honestly, there was nothing worth our effort.
But when a late, end of the line pseudo-"S" group schleme torba sells for 25,000 dollars plus premium it does warrant our putting pen to paper.
We say pseudo because the torba was asymmetric open right not open left as are all real "S" group examples.
OK, ok, one might think so what if a naive, or highly motivated(aka eager-beaver) collector decided to splurge out and buy this garish runt of the litter type "Turkmen" weaving.
However, remember there was an underbidder, or at least the appearance of one.
Well, here's the clinker, and the reason RK is commenting: The torba, lot 75, was purchased by Ebberhart Hermann, who was in the room with, as we have heard it, a very pretty, very young Chinese girl.
Hmmmm, is Ebberhart eating Chinese now rather than good hearty Swiss rsti and wursti?
Or maybe 'uncle' Ebberhart was taking his "grand-niece" on her first trip to America?
Anyway, he bought it against the "telephone".
RK has a good idea who was on the other end of the line, as well as what is going on here. However, until we have a bit more evidence we will refrain from exploding more bombshells.
And by the way that ugly, equally as end of the line and mediocre, "star" Kazak, lot 117, sold for 20,000 dollars plus premium.
Perhaps, the only thing worth thinking about here is, besides what's up when an ugly schleme torba sells for 25,000 plus dollars to a man who should and does know the difference between mediocrity and excellence, what would a really good "S" group torba or star Kazak bring in today's highly polarized and top weighted auction market?
One thing is sure, a whole lot more than these pieces made at skinners the other day.