There are a number of variations of the apocryphal Rolls-Royce story. The owner of a Rolls broke an axle while driving in the African desert. He cabled Rolls-Royce and in a very short while, a repair team flew in with a replacement axle. When he hadn’t received a bill for the repair after six months, the man enquired with the company. He was told, “There must be some mistake sir, Rolls-Royce axles never break!”
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And it lay on my fever'd spirit with a touch of infinite calm.
It quieted pain and sorrow like love overcoming strife,
It seem'd the harmonious echo from our discordant life.
It link'd all perplexed meanings into one perfect peace
And trembled away into silence as if it were loth to cease;
I have sought, but I seek it vainly, that one lost chord divine
The perception of value isn’t simply a matrix of rarity, beauty and high price. It is in fact, one of those undefinable issues.The jewellery retail industry doesn’t seem to know what it is right now. Cartoon collectors on the other hand, seem very sure about what value is. And they’re willing to put their money down on their perceptions.