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Monday Money Shocker: 10,000 bucks for a PIPE? Larson Straight Grain Collector’s pipe

OK, after someone recently pointed it out on Reddit – I think I have to showcase this pipe.

A real bargain, a real stealjust 10,000 Dollar. ;-)

That is more than the majority of people on this world is earning. Per year.

Unusual construction, great craftsmanship, perfect pipe maybe - but 10K bucks? seriously?

Unusual construction, great craftsmanship, perfect pipe maybe – but 10K bucks? seriously?

Anyways – beyond the envy or morality (I am actually no big fan of both – if you want to have such a toy – DO IT!): what does make a pipe so expensive?

Nothing “objective”, or at least not a lot of that. Yes, it is a Danish collector’s pipe, a very special Larson Straigth Grain. It may be unique and extremely rare and in great condition. The grain may be perfect, the craftsmanship as well. The complicated anatomy of the pipe (removable wooden cap) might add a few bucks on top.

But 10K bucks?! Seriously?

Let’s be clear on it: this is “Art” pricing. Irrational at best – like those nonsensical paintings traded for 10s of millions of dollars… You can not argue about it.

If you like it and have the necessary change: why not. For those who want a beautiful pipe that smokes great and is not seen at every street corner – there are many good choices for 1/10 of the price and less. Both types can be found on our High Profile Estate Pipe Listings Page

From seller’s description:

BEAUTIFUL LARSEN STRAIGHT GRAIN

FIRST UNIQUE ORIGINAL FROM ’80

INSPIRED TO THE MARVELLOUS BO NORDH CALABASH

WITH REMOVABLE CAP IN WOOD

VERY RARE FOR DANISH PIPEMEKERS COLLECTORS!

stampings: LARSEN STRAIGHT GRAIN

HAND MADE IN DENMARK

LONG16 CM

BOWL GROUP5

WEIGHT47 GRAMS

P.S.:…oh, and in case you actually consider buying this pipe (or any pipe over $500, for that matter!) – me and a bunch of semi-stray cats and dogs here in Paraguay that I try to take care of will haunt your dreams if you do not donate at least ONE(1) percent of the purchase price to my animal charity  fundraiser on GoFundMe.com. See, I knew you could do it… ;-)

P.P.S.: I wanted to discuss this sort of high-priced pipe sales and the “artsification” of the pipe market on Reddit, but the link got pulled because I had misinterpreted their blogger rules – and am too lazy to comply with rule fetishism or questionable demands like posting complete carbon copies of your own content… Instead feel free to discuss in the comments below – I would really be interested if you know of other pipe sales in the same price range or even in the 6-7 figure range…

Unusual Preben Holm Danish estate pipe “Caprice Tawny”

Preben Holm Danish Freehand Pipe masterwork

Preben Holm Danish Freehand Pipe masterwork

Preben Holm Danish estate pipes are among the most sought after freehand pipes, with some very unusual designs among them. Sometimes the surface of the pipe is artistically defaced, sometimes the whole form of the pipe is rather mind- and eye-bending… ;-)

I guess you either love them or shrug them off as “weird”. But they are definitely special and nobody has ever doubted the fine craftmanship and quality of the pipes with the “PH” stamp.

This Caprice Tawny seems to be a great pipe, and to be honest I wonder why it is listed at just $75 – from what I can see from the pictures in the listing it is in pretty good shape – but look for yourself.

You can find this and other Preben Holm pipes on our Preben Holm Estate Pipe listing page.

From seller’s description:

Preben has long been a benchmark of the Danish freehand, maybe it’s time you added one to your collection.This pipe is in beautiful very minty condition, smoked only a couple of times

Stamped – Preben Holm Caprice – Made in Denmark by hand Tawny 13
Pipe length: 5 1/2″
Bowl Height: 1 3/4″
Bowl Width: 1 5/8″
Chamber Width: 7/8″Chamber Depth: 1 1/2″

You can find this and other Preben Holm pipes on our Preben Holm Estate Pipe listing page.

…and if you like our pipe postings, why not press the “like” button, share the listing on Facebook or promote it on some other social network you are using! TY :)

Saturday night pipe: Poul Hansen danish estate pipe

Wood, bone, a Danish pipe  maker: that combo always gets me.

Wood, bone, a Danish pipe maker: that combo always gets me.

Sneaky pipe, this. Showed up on our Poul Winslow collector pipe listing page – but is actually made by Poul Hansen (because Ebay search algo sucks… ;-) )

But it cought my eye, the auction stands at 11 $ at the moment  – so this is our Danish estate pipe of the day! Beauty, isn’t she?

Details on the listing page, among other great Danish estate pipes.

From seller’s description:

1 NICE POUL HANSEN
SIXTEN IVARSSON PUPIL
HANDMADE IN DENMARK
STRAIGHT GRAIN
APLIKATION IS BONE
Iwan Ries in Chicago was one of his first American dealers and in catalogs form the late 60’s and early 70’s you can find Poul Hansen pipes ranging from 125 – 500 $US.

1 inches =
2.54 centimeters

9mm Filter. Length: ca. 16,2 cm
Height Pipe Head: ca. 4,4 cm
Diameter: ca. 4,7 cm
Diam.Chamber: ca. 2,3 cm
Weight: ca. 80 gr.

not cleaned, not disinfected. Condition acc. foto. small deviation in coulor by influence of light ist possible. As this is a private auction, the EU-Privileg will be excluded.

Details on the listing page, among other great Danish estate pipes.

Listing ends tomorrow AFAIK, so better move it!

Monday estate pipe: STANWELL Royal Prince 217 Burly Grain FREEHAND Jess Chonowitsch

Beautiful cornucopia style Stanwell pipe!

Beautiful cornucopia style Stanwell pipe!

Had a hefty nostalgia moment when I stumbled upon this pipe listing. I owned EXACTLY that pipe for many years and loved it. Unfortunately it got damaged beyond repair in an accident…

Anyways: this is a beautifully shaped (“Cornucopia” always came to my mind when I saw her) Stanwell estate pipe, and from the pictures it looks like the current owner was even more lucky than me and got one with very nice grain!

From what I remember it was a bit tricky to fill due to the lenght/diameter of the chamber, but when you got it right: very nice cool smoke and perfect draw!

You can look at more pictures and purchase it on our Stanwell estate pipe sales/auctions page. (there are more Stanwells, btw…. ;-) )

From seller’s description:

Beautiful horn shape pipe with burly grain designed by Jess Chonowitsch. Pipe is marked STANWELL ROYAL PRINCE 217 MADE IN DENMARK. Pipe has been smoked but only a few times. Pipe is otherwise uncleaned and is not polished more than you can see, so will most likely benefit from a polish and clean.

Size is head 6 cm tall, head width at top 6 / 4,8 cm, inside measure 2 cm length is 15 cm  ..I haven’t got an inch measurer here.

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