Bidding began on May 12 with an initial bid of $5.00. As knowledgeable collectors became aware of the item, bid amounts quickly increased. By the end of the day the high bid was $3,978.00. The auction generated a great deal of discussion on message boards, including speculation on how the seller should ship the fragile plate to the winning bidder. When the auction closed on May 19th, there had been a total of 67 bids on the item. An Arkansas collector placed the winning bid of $16,237.55.
The seller chose to hand-deliver the rare piece to the buyers. The buyers, collectors from Little Rock, AK, confirm receipt of the piece and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to add such a rare piece to their collection.
Description of piece -- from eBay auction: This is absolutely beautiful. The plate is Northwood Strawberry Pattern in soft blue and you can see purple, green, pink and gold as you move it. This is a full size dinner plate. I'm not sure of the age but it belonged to my husband's grandma who recently passed away at age 92.
"What makes this Northwood Strawberry Pattern plate highly desirable is the rarity of its color, according to glass expert Reyne Haines, co-owner of JustGlass.com. "The color is Ice Blue," Haines said. "This is one of four known plates - two have been damaged, which makes this plate the second perfect one."
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