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    The Ridiculously Expensive Mad #nn Gaines File pedigree (World, 1969) Condition: NM. Nobody can say that Bill Gaines lacked foresight! He had a penchant for putting aside fresh copies of everything he printed. What is even better is that everything he set aside for himself remained in near-pristine condition and was, in effect, sheltered from the ravages of time. This book was printed with countless cool bonuses and finding a complete copy is next to impossible. Finding a copy that is still NM in the original cellophane wrapper is absolutely unheard of. Included as inserts are the "Meet the Staff of MAD" record, the MAD Mobile (along with the ultra-rare loose instructions), MAD stencils, stickers and much more. Way back in 1969 this book retailed for $9.95, back when money was actually worth something, so it is highly doubtful that too many copies of this tome were actually sold in the first place. Multiply that by the coolness factor of being chock full of great inserts that just plead to be torn out and what you end up with is a book that defines the word "rare". Let's see how ridiculously expensive this beauty will go for...

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2004
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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