• Ultra-rare Haskell Minnow for sale on eBay

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    One of the world’s most sought-after lures, a Haskell Minnow, is up for sale on eBay. The 3.5in uncleaned copper lure, made by Riley Haskell of Ohio back in the mid 1800s, was up to $3450 when we looked, but when it closes in a couple of days, we’d expect it to more than double that figure. One sold at a Lang’s auction earlier this year for $15,000. The seller, from West Virginia, described it as “a nice little lure, tail rotates”. Get the feeling that the seller didn’t know what he’d got? He adds: “Dark brown with some green patina, very shallow small ding on the tail section, some rust on the hooks.” It carried the legend: “R Haskell Painesville, O, Pat’d Sept 20, 1859.” View it here. Very few of Haskell’s signature bait ever come up for sale and of the three sizes generally seen, this is the rarest, though a fourth size, a giant 10in example, holds the world record for a lure at auction, selling at a Lang’s auction in 2004 for $92,000 – excluding commission. This was the only example ever seen of that size, and it was probably made for muskie fishing. 

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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