Les Paul's Watch -- the One He Got From Sinatra -- Goes For $20,000 at Auction
|Sean J. O'Connell|
|Forman's paddle begs for a second mortgage.|
On particularly lucrative battles, the crowd would applaud. I'm not sure if they were applauding the thrill of the hunt or just the grandiose display of financial priorities. Either way, all of the proceeds were going to the Les Paul Foundation, which spreads their money around music education and medical research. With Berlin estimating sales totaling $4 million, it will go quite a ways to celebrate what would have been Paul's 97th birthday.
Personal Bias: I don't like buying things on eBay if they cost more than $20. The likelihood of me winning even Paul's health insurance cards was slim.
The Crowd: Middle-aged men with money to burn, including Vincent Gallo.
Random Notebook Dump: A lot of the people in the room were representing larger establishments like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Hard Rock Café enterprise.