December 5, 1766

On This Date in! in 1766, James Christie, the founder of the famous Christie auctioneers, held his first sale in London, England. It went a little something like this:

“Who’ll give me a ten pounds?
Ten pounds bid, now twenty?
Now twenty, maybe thirty?

Thirty pounds to the dandy in red,
Forty, who’ll drop forty on this manuscript?
On this fine manuscript written in Greek?
Who’ll give me forty?

Forty to the Lord at the end,
Fifty? Fifty to the dandy in red.
Who’ll give me Sixty? Sixty pounds?
Anyone for Sixty? No one?
Going once, twice, an original transcript of the Margites by Homer sold to the Dandy in Red for Sixty pounds.

Next up is the original Hamlet written by Thomas Kyd.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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