This is causing me some serious soul-searching. Like many others, I want this gun. I can afford a fairly serious price for it. My pockets are not bottomless, but unless this thing goes into the stratosphere I can be a serious bidder. But, what is it really worth to me? What pleasure will it give me beyond my existing collection? How much to pay for pride of ownership? I'm still adding to the collection (bought a Golani last week), but as I age and my collection gets larger, I start to wonder if I really need or want another gun all that badly. On the one hand, it's a unique example because of the caliber. On the other hand, in appearance and performance it's all but indistinguishable from the AIII carbine in .30-06 I've had for 20 years. My wallet hand slows way down when the price of a gun goes beyond two grand or so. I've spent more, but I've spent a lot of time thinking before I did. I am a great fan of metric calibers. A friend of mine has, or used to have, a similar gun in 9.3x62, also a great rarity. I was an indirect beneficiary of his good fortune, as he decided he didn't need his AV sporter in the same caliber and sold it to me. I still have it; it's a fun shooter. And just the thing to keep the lions and bears from overrunning my back yard. I suspect this auction will go very high, and the winner will be a competitive collector with an unlimited budget who has to have it because it's the only one. I'm reminded of a story told to me by a friend who collects old toy trains. He once went to an auction where every desirable item went to the same bidder, a wealthy Texan who was a relatively new collector. Many items sold for well over any reasonable value; the guy simply had an unlimited budget and would buy anything he wanted no matter what it cost. I hope I'm wrong, and it goes for a price within reach. If so, I might just be posting a test firing result on this board. Or not. We'll see.