Here is yet another stratospheric ending price for a superb Beistle item. My hat is off to the two determined bidders, both of which no doubt possess excellent taste, who between them pushed this item well past its sustainable value. As I wrote in an earlier post, if you take just two or three avid bidders out of the equation, prices invariably fall to more of an expected final price. Look at the recorded bidding history for this item and you'll see what I mean. Taking the prevailing bidder and the under-bidder out, the price would have ended around $167. This observation is buttressed by the fact that this same seller offered a near identical item that ended a mere three minutes later. That second Johnny Pumpkin ended at $180, pretty much what I feel this item should be fetching by and large. If you are a new collector with the typical money constraints faced by most, don't get discouraged by these ending prices. Once these discerning bidders obtain a piece, they won't be bidding and prices will return to more of a sustainable level. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but admiration and respect for this handful of determined bidders for whom price is seemingly not a primary concern. Just don't assume that the prices you see being recorded for these items represent the sustained value, for I don't feel they do.