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Galanthus Mania (out bid again)

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The E Bay bidding on the lovely yellow and white Galanthus (snowdrop)Woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ has just finished, the wining bidder has paid £725.10 for it.
How I would love to slice that one up and make babies.
Just thought it would provoke comment.!

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HOW MUCH, is that for one plant,!!!!

16 Feb, 2012

 

Green Tear snowdrop looks glum after rival Scottish Elizabeth ...

Daily Mail‎ - 4 minutes ago
But it was outdone today after a Scottish Elizabeth Harrison bulb - also known as Galanthus woronowii - fetched an incredible £725.10 on the Internet ...
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Just came across this Bjs..that's incredible, it must be extremely rare.

16 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Yorkshire, just one bulb

Michaella
Just the one offered for sale,mind you even if you have more than one and I expect the grower has, its a good way to keep the price up.
it is unusual in that the part of the flower normally green on a snowdrop is yellow also leaves are wide bit like a tulip.
Its odds on the buyer will cut it into about 16 pieces and in about three years time they will probably fetch £150.00 each so not a bad return ,better than a building society.

16 Feb, 2012

 

Probably good to aquire , but awfully costly . Think what other beauties could be bought with that money Bjs .

16 Feb, 2012

 

OMG - and here I was moaning at paying around £60 for a couple of plants!!
I just wonder how many gardens around the 'world' have rare plants and just don't have a clue what they own!

16 Feb, 2012

 

"Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age, during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.

At the peak of tulip mania, in February 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman."

History repeats itself ... Lol.
Seems like those skilled craftsmen back in the 1630's were battling away on the internet trying to outbid each other ;o)

16 Feb, 2012

 

I was thinking of that Terra, people bankrupted themselves to own one.....

16 Feb, 2012

 

Me too was thinking the same..it brought back memories of those days.

16 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Heck Michaella
I go back a long ways but not that far.lol

16 Feb, 2012

 

hahahaha..I meant what I have heard said about them.lol

16 Feb, 2012

 

I actually think the yellow one looks deformed/chloroitic. It leaves me cold and def wouldnt want it at that price. I love the more natural native form, not too keen on the double form either.
The delft pottery company of the day made special vases to display the flowers. worth a lot of money and wish i had one.

16 Feb, 2012

 

That's a disgusting amount for one bulb. It wouldn't be worth that if it were made of platinum......

16 Feb, 2012

 

I agree with you Homebird, I also think some people on ebay just do not like to be outbidded on anything... so they bid silly money to win for the sake of winning, then regret later.

16 Feb, 2012

 

Oh heck the mind boggles, no bids here unless I win the lottery, I can but dream...

16 Feb, 2012

 

I do not gamble, but even if I had the money I would not buy it. :))) I prefer the old fashion ones anytime.

16 Feb, 2012

 

Can you imagine accidentally spraying THAT with Roundup? Well, it's the sort of thing I might have been known to do on a windy day.......:o(((((

17 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Gattina love it, that would be Timeup.

17 Feb, 2012

 

Good one, Brian! Doesn't bear thinking about, does it? It's a bit like the very old bottle of wine that sold at auction for hundreds of thousands of pounds - the owner, a posh restaurant owner (or rather the owner of a posh restaurant) put it on display, but lit it a little too well, and the heat from the lightbulbs broke the bottle. The upside to this story is that someone tasted a little of it as it trickled down the wall and said that it hadn't been worth drinking anyway.

17 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Lol.

17 Feb, 2012

 

well I am Gob Smacked, £725 for one bulb, the buyer must be mental

17 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

The nursery man who sold it wasn't.

17 Feb, 2012

 

can't argue with you on that one,

17 Feb, 2012

 

Just seen this on facebook thought it would be of interest!
Thompson & Morgan UK
On Thursday 16 February at 14:40 after a bidding frenzy of over 30 bidders Thompson & Morgan, the Ipswich based mail order seed company, acquired the world’s most expensive snowdrop Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ for £725. This is a unique striking variety with a golden yellow ovary and yellow petal markings.

The price is almost double the previous world record price for a single rare bulb of Galanthus ‘Green Tear’ sold for £360 last year.
Click here to find out more: http://bit.ly/zDAk29

17 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

popedot
thats a surprise they will definitely be doing Tissue Culture or something like that to increase it fast .

17 Feb, 2012

 

so long as they buyer (and presumably, grower) doles out future supplies very sparingly and doesn't flood the market - though if a bank bought it, they've either got a customer who'll pay even more, or they'll "invest it" in a vault somewhree!

Some people will spend any amount of money on something just because it's rare; wine, flowers, Old Masteers. it doesn't have to be beautiful, or even useful, just in very short supply. One-upmanship taken to the extreme.

I'll have to check it out; curious as to how many bidders there were. Out of most people's price-ranges, unless they were out of their minds. Imagine what us normal GoYers would do with that much money and a GC within range!

23 Feb, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

You can't actually find out how many bidders there were it lists the No of bids, some would have made a number of bids through the days the auction was in progress.

23 Feb, 2012

 

oh, right. ah well, it's not important, just curious - suppose one could check "bid history" and add up the differnt IDs, but it's really not worth it!

23 Feb, 2012

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