How auction should be run !
This is something to see. YOU REALLY DO HAVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. Italian Auction - only 44 seconds!
You don't have to understand Italian to follow the auctioneer: A Chinese Ming Vase is up for auction.
The bidding opens at a half-million Euros. Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly
identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros. (The exchange rate at
auction time was 1 Euro =$1.12.) Within seconds, the bid stalls at One
million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that
prevails in the room. The successful bidder is the last one who bid one
million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice,
and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euros.
Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself. The auctioneer is
exuberant. The pace is fast. This is how an auction should be run.
Please note the excitement on the auctioneer's face after the final bid:
Now that there is funny ! I don't care who you are.
That's a kick! I think it would take more than an aspirin!
I will guarantee you there is a little drama once in awhile when something gets broken or misplaced.
Before video cameras and a couple guys in yellow vests and hats that say "Security" we lost a few things during the inspection and early hours of the auction. Not so much since we have VERY visible video people recording who is doing what. But you can't get it all, more than once the only notice we had of something being broken was when we heard the crash.
I once a losing bidder purposefully destroy a stack of shellac records (78's). It was a charity auction so the winning bidder paid the bid then called the police and pressed charges.
Gents, it's not Italian...take it from a fluent Italian speaker. Sounds more like a Baltic tongue. And the producer's name seems very northern European.
Also, if an Italian auctioneer had pulled that stunt, you'd have heard at least one "Oh Mamma Mia", or "Oh C.zzo".
I saw a clip of the British Antique Roadshow where that happened, keep waiting for similar to happen on the US version, darn no luck so far!!!
Cliff's post prompted me to listen again. The clue is the website being promoted, which is aspirincardio.fi. The fi is the clue. I went to the website and confirmed that it is Finnish.
Funny. I was relieved when I realized the title was not "This one's for SATAN". Time for a fresh pair of contacts I suppose.
Cliff, good one!!!