The few originals that have been spotted were $3-400 I think. Stan is this correct?
Not far from. I gotta think way back to remember exact details, and I think there were 3 instances over 3 years.
Paranoid eBayer Messalina was cheapest, with a 180 euro offer for a NOS, after which he first refused to export, then refused to sell nationally, then denied he had such a part at all.
I bought mine from the 2 Frenchies in Germany for 250 euros, no negotiation.
The first one I found was an eBay seller as well, think he was asking close to 300usd. Not sure what he ended up accepting. Too long ago, and quickly sold.
Shipping is really part of the problem here, if not properly solved. From my point of view in Taiwan, I would prefer not to buy from the USA, UK or Canada, if there would be a choice in the matter. All 3 postal services are well in the 3-digits for such a sized item. Germany and/or Australia would be better priced.
I am sure those pictures look different for someone living elsewhere. It's not easy to keep everyone happy.
I mentioned this before..Anyone thinking of producing this should at least talk to VDH. They have been asking specifically for this item for years. They may buy a batch of them if satisfied.