This Week on Final Offer: Sellers Get Schooled

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p>There were a few difficult sellers on this week’s episode. It made for some tough negotiations, but it also gave the dealers a chance to shine, and show that dealing is what they do best. Generally, it was not Jordan’s week, but not for a lack of trying!

A couple who had excavated and restored a dinosaur fossil in South Dakota were seeking $30,000 to $50,000. The piece consisted of the fossilized skull and jaws of a Mosasaur, a marine reptile that was a large predator at the end of the Cretaceous period.

The dealers were offering from $5,000 or $6,000 to $10,000 to $12,000. Jordan offered $12,000 as his top dollar, but the sellers wouldn’t budge. They wanted money to cover their business operations and expenses for a year. Unfortunately for them, the value of the piece simply did not support their asking price and they ended up leaving empty handed.

The coolest piece on the episode was a Prohibition-era roulette table. The table was made in 1906. Gambling was banned in 1910, but the table survived. A man paid $5,000 for it, and wanted to recoup his investment. It was authentic and had been used – it even had cigarette burns on the surface. Jordan didn’t get a chance to bid on it, but he said he would have asked the seller to roll, and then would add two zeros to the end of the number and that would be his offer. Using this unique method, Jordan’s highest offer would have been $3,600.  The table ended up selling for $3,500.

Following the sale, one of the dealers offered to buy the table from the dealer that had just purchased it. As the original seller looked on, the dealers made a side deal, and the table was immediately re-sold for $5,000. The seller was surprised, but seemed to take this turn of events about as well as can be expected.

Also on the show, a custom made saddle used by the American western film actor Jack Palance sold for $4,000. The seller had asked $10,000. A map drawn by James Earl Ray, who killed Martin Luther King Jr., sold for $4,000. The map showed how Ray escaped from prison. The dealer donated the map to the MLK Center after the episode was filmed. Finally, a vintage Lalique perfume bottle that its owner had bought for 25 cents sold for $9,500. She was thrilled, and said she would use the money to buy a car.

What will be on the block next week? Will Jordan score again?  I wouldn’t bet against him!

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