This Week on Final Offer: Jordan Helps Out A Young Mother
p>Jordan stole the show this week by doing something incredibly generous. A woman came in to sell a few items that had belonged to her father in order to help pay for her young daughter’s education. The items were awesome props from the iconic film The Blues Brothers, a 1980 musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The seller’s father was a propmaster for the film. He passed away a few years ago leaving his daughter, the seller, a Blues Brothers poster, the original iconic Ray Ban sunglasses worn by Belushi and Ackroyd in the film, and two watches (also worn by the actors during filming). The provenance of the items was solid and all of the dealers expressed interest in the items.
The seller wanted to negotiate with Jordan first, recognizing that he is the premier dealer in entertainment memorabilia. Although her bottom line price was a total of $15,000 for the lot, Jordan was unable to offer more than $7,500. But the two connected on a personal level as both had lost a parent before their own children were born and regretted that their children were unable to know their grandparents. Based on this connection and his respect for the woman’s desire to provide for her daughter’s education, Jordan did something unheard of on the show. He gave the woman $10,000 for the items, less one pair of sunglasses, which he allowed her to keep to give to her daughter as a keepsake in memory of her grandfather.
Back in the room with the other dealers, everyone was touched by the gesture. The other dealers indicated that they would not have been able to match that offer for the set of items. “You made the best deal,” they said to her, “You went to the right room.”
Other sellers had a harder time on the show. Two were absolutely in love with their items and ended up going home without making a deal. Another dealer called the high price tags these sellers were putting on their items a “passion price.” The first of the two, a man with an Amphicar (a car built in the 1960s that runs on both land and water), was asking $90,000 while the best offer from the dealers was $41,000. Less than 4,000 of these cars were built between 1961 and 1968, and his was still in working condition. But it was clear that he was not ready to sell given his 22 year history with the car, which he seemed to think created additional intrinsic value. “I can’t pay for your intrinsic value, I can pay for what your car is worth,” Jordan told him.
The second, a man with a series of artwork from the 1960s that was used to create Wacky Packs trading cards (trading cards featuring parodies of popular consumer products) was also extremely attached to his items. His wife, however, was not a fan and demanded that he sell the pieces so that they could remodel their house. He was plainly not motivated and began his negotiations by asking for $200,000. Buyers, on the other hand, were starting at only several thousand. Jordan, seeing that it would be impossible for a deal to be made for the lot, was nonetheless able to strike a bargain that left both parties happy. He offered to trade the seller a diamond tennis bracelet worth $5,000 for just one of the pieces of artwork. Jordan’s theory was that the seller would be able to give the bracelet to his wife to mollify her in case the rest of the artwork went unsold. It didn’t and it didn’t.