I would never in a million years have seen this Guernsey's auction, but for the fact that my friend Ctein is selling off a portion of his collection of signed Jim Marshall photographs. But there's a lot of really cool stuff in this auction. Including, but not limited to, the pictures. I'm really curious as to who the John Lennon photographer is (lot 61) [It's David Spindel—thanks to Jeff and John Krill for pointing that out —Ed.], and I want the Maltese Falcon (lot 44).
Sam Spade: [impatiently] Now, let's talk about the black bird.
Kasper Gutman: Let's. Mr. Spade, have you any conception of how much money can be got for that black bird?
Sam Spade: No.
Kasper Gutman: Well, sir, if I told you...If I told you half...you'd call me a liar.
Some fun stuff there. Ctein's Marshalls, too.
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Featured Comment by Archer Sully: "With the mention of the Maltese Falcon, I couldn't help but think of this bit from Adam Savage of Mythbusters. He starts talking about his quest for the perfect Falcon at ~6:45."
Mike replies: That's the craziest thing I've ever heard! Great. Thanks.