Auction Prices Inch Forward in 2005
A caution must also be given for sell-through rates. These vary from 100% to below 50%. However, there are many factors which can affect this, from the size of the minimum acceptable bids, to whether the material has a large following or appeals only to a small niche, to minimum acceptable prices sellers may set (some sellers have been known to have unrealistic expectations, despite an auction house's best advice). Once again we caution against reading too much into certain figures.
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