This is wonderful—after my recent post telling the story of the $5,500 Nikon lens hood, a thread on the subject started up on the Nikon Journal site (subheaded "The Nikon Historical Society Online"). And it turns out someone had saved a printout of the auction, which he then scanned and posted. So you can see the original auction at this link.
My memory wasn't too bad, all things considered—the final price was $5,555, the auction took place in March of 2000, and there are 10 of those hoods known to Nikon collectors (or at least there were at that time).
(Thanks to Fred Krughoff, Jarle Aasland, and especially "nsp9107")
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