Back before Christmas, I expressed amazement that bidding for an aesthetically-challenged—I mean “factory engraved” Colt Commemorative 1911 topped $25k. As Mandark would say, ha! HA ha ha ha ha ha. With sixteen days left, as of thirty-eight seconds ago, the bidding at gunbroker.com stands at $82,275.00. Understandably, the auction’s progress has drive Colt executives to new heights of hyperbole, albeit fatuously. “I was considering a second mortgage on my house so that I could bid on this gun, but now I’m not sure a second mortgage on my house would yield enough,” commented a Colt executive who asked to remain anonymous [lest anyone know that he’s in debt up to his eyeballs]. FYI: I still can’t get to grips with the ivory grips.