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Finally, George leaves his office and walks through his showroom piled with terrestrial and celestial globes and numerous astronomy instruments, and world maps. The globes are, for the most part, American and among the globes signed Gilman Joslin, the prices make the unlucky shudder: $35,000 or 210,000 francs!
Rest assured, others are more affordable, such as cigarette lighter globes, which cost $50 (300 francs). The specialist has models from the 18th century, but the vast majority date from the 19th century. A few little “toys” attract novices. He calls himself the only American merchant who focuses on globes.
“I am shocked that no one before me has specialized in this theme,” he confides to a former colleague.
“Is the subject too esoteric?” he wonders. Mister George benefited from fashion during the year 1998, which blew New York a category 4 hurricane of globes, of lesser quality than his own.
In the lot, it attracts a clientele of great and wealthy collectors who discover the fascinating universe of the time of the great navigators.
Suddenly, an American magazine did not hesitate to compare him to a Wall Street trader. “Mister George, for his thirty-sixth birthday,” reports the same magazine, “succeeded in conquering a market in record time.”