In my estimation, Brother typewriters are some of the finest around. For collectors, the variety of machines and labelings makes this typewriter even more appealing. Further, given that these are relatively contemporary machines, they can generally be found in excellent condition, the platen too.1 But is a Brother typewriter really worth $150+? Perhaps so.
At the time of this writing, a typewriter offered by theoldstereoguy at eBay has risen to $152.50. The starting price was only $7.95! The case and instruction booklet are included, making the machine “whole.” That said, it is still just a Brother. Nearly the only thing that distinguishes this machine from other similar models is the faceplate, though, granted, I do find this element particularly attractive.
As bidding is driving the price of this machine, what is its special appeal?
Update: Not sure what’s going on with this auction, but the bidding has reached $355! A little over 20 hours to go.
Yet Another Update: Bidding is now up to $610!
I have no words to describe this auction, so I present this video:
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- Platens harden over time. Thus, the older the machine, the more likely the platen will have gotten rock hard, making it difficult for the typeface to leave a decent impression. If you are looking for a machine to type on (not just look at), you may want to take this into consideration. [↩]