Hosta 'Sharon Stone' $1,325!

Babka NorCal 9bJanuary 26, 2014

The AHS auction is over and the results have been posted. Wow! Is this the most ever paid for a hosta put on the AHS auction? Anybody know?

-Babka

Here is a link that might be useful: AHS Auction Results

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vpeterson(4)

I guess I would like to know what made it so special.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 6:28PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Its a real looker! The auction has taken it down, I think. I fouind it on yahoo. Not a good photo, but you get the drift

bk

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 6:32PM
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don_in_colorado

Nice hosta, but 'Sharon Stone'?? Ha ha ha ha ha what a name.

Don B.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 6:41PM
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beverlymnz4

It's a sport of Marilyn Monroe. Very unique and very new. A single eyed plant. Really for collectors only. There's no way to know if it will be a good garden plant. I did stay up to see how much it would go for. I had predicted $1300 Saturday morning and my DH predicted $550. So you see why I had to watch the end of the auction.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 7:23PM
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don_in_colorado

That's a lotta Guacamole!!

Don B.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 7:30PM
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bernd ny zone5

Ken, you are correct, YOU wrote here, that those expensive plants usually die on their way home. Also deer and voles like to eat especially expensive plants. Those are over my $30 limit.

This post was edited by berndnyz5 on Mon, Jan 27, 14 at 14:07

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 7:56PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Here's hoping it goes into TC next year and is available for $30.

Steve

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:46PM
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Josh Spece

It has already been put into TC and it failed. Another reason for the high price. Jan van den Top (the originator) said it will be 4-5 years before he has any divisions to sell. You can bet they won't be cheap!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 10:01AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Is this the most ever paid for a hosta put on the AHS auction? Anybody know?

==>>> i dont know about the online auction... but back in the day.. gunther stark paid over 3000 dollars for gunthers prize ... [he got to name it]

it was auctioned by bob solberg.. at his vendors table.. at what i think was the 1998 indy convention ...

back before TC.. if you wanted a plant.. you paid for it ... period ... you never knew when the next one would come along ... if ever

ken

ps: i think i have said expensive plants commit suicide on the way home... glad to be quoted ....

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 10:54AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

That's two YEARS of my gardening budget. That's not just counting hostas, that's all the plants, potting soil, fertilizer & etc. I enjoyed watching the auction, though. And if it weren't for people buying the first of a spectacular hosta and propagating it, the rest of us couldn't buy one when it gets under $50.00.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 11:31AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I do know Paula Lehtola paid $3500 for Humpback Whale in 2006 at the convention auction. After five years in her garden she split it and sold the pieces for $500 each. She made her money back.

Josh, do you know if Sharon Stone will grow well enough to be divided? Some of these sports that are manufactured from the TC process end up as duds.

Steve

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    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 12:40PM
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Josh Spece

Not sure, Steve, but I'm guessing it grows decently. Jan would not have parted with a piece, if he did not have a reliable back-up :)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:45AM
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