I suspect the butt trap is full of either cocaine or gold nuggets.
Wait a few years and you could sell them and buy a house.
If the options are place bid/make offer and there are no bids, I'll throw one bid on it so that the make offer option is removed. Then I'll wait until the last second to place my actual maximum price bid.I have never understood why people place bids when the auction is days from ending. Seriously, it will not do you any good and it just drives the price higher. Oh well, its their money. Rather a dunce move if you ask me. Wait until the final minutes.
Walnut post mid-1915? There is no dial sight for the Mk III furniture shown. Doesn't look like Lithgow wood so is it Pommie? Caveat Emptor.
If I didn't know any better I'd say it was the stock I sold someone about a year ago. I advertised it on Ebay as well; I only wanted @ $400.00 for it, just to cover costs on another project. If you look at the slight rise just before the barrel band ( in front of the rear sight ) it uncannily resembles the 1919 BSA Siamese contract rifle that I bought as a donor rifle. I cleaned up the timber and metalwork, did not "restore " anything, and then handed in the totally shot out, corroded, barrelled action, minus butchered Lithgow mismatched bolt,to the police. Got me in heaps of hot water, as in Tasmania, you are not allowed to strip rifles for parts to build up or restore another one. Officially it has to be done by a gunsmith, although we all know people who do it and just keep it quiet.
Maybe the buyer decided to cash in on the ridiculous prices they want for this stuff. Piece of history for sure, but worthless as a collectors piece. Kind of annoying too, if this really is the stock I sold in good faith to a budding collector jus to get him started........
I'm seeing similar behavior on Gunbroker recently. People are bidding ridiculous amounts on old black powder cartridge pistols. Even the small Rohm .22 caliber pistols are going for $150-$200 USD. I have two and got both for under $100 USD and they both work fine. I sometimes wonder if some do not know there is a big difference between black powder cartridges and modern smokeless cartridges. Sorry if I "got off into the weeds" but I sometimes wonder why some appear to have more money than...well you know.