I like a little drama in the typosphere. Earlier today, I posted an article about a Burnett that was up for auction at ShopGoodwill.com (see story here). Well, that machine fetched a whopping $7,251 (listing here). Could it have fetched more? Some collectors have valued the Burnett at well over $10,000 — see Thomas Russo’s Mechanical Typewriters: Their History, Value, and Legacy. Interestingly, the Burnett only sold for $22.95 in its day!
(Oh, if only I had a DeLorean!)
The agony is only compounded when one considers that a Burnett was offered — in modern times — for $25 at a garage sale. No one picked it up, according to this ETCetera article. (And is it just me, or does that Burnett look a lot like the one sold on ShopGoodwill.com? There appears to be a crack on both machines along the front label. Could this be a defect common to the Burnett? Or is it the same machine? To note, ETCetera mentions that the garage sale Burnett was ultiamtely sold on eBay.)
Rare machines do garner premium prices, and I don’t know any collector who’s got one. Tonight, someone is the proud owner of a Burnett.
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