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So whats the most u paid for a mug?
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Joined: May 26, 2006
Posts: 485
From: Elk Grove, CA
Posted: 2006-10-26 8:16 pm   Permalink


On 2006-10-26 14:32, Formikahini wrote:
And if I were to find a Steve Crane bloody head, I'd be whipping out the checkbook for up to $500 - and selling it on eBay. But I'd hope it were cheaper so I could keep it myself

It's wild reading this thread and how little people were paying for mugs in 2002 and now it seems the sky's the limit!

I actually saw a REAL SCA BLOODY HEAD sell on ebay and it was, to date, the MOST EXPENSIVE mug I have ever seen sell on ebay at OVER $1000!
Oddly enough the GECKO/Wendy tribute version called the BLOODY MAORI HEAD sold for nearly $800 for the First Edition One off Glaze.....Now you can buy one on GECKO's ebay page for $500!

I guess like all art, (see the thread about the SHAG print...I still don't understand why people pay such crazy money for that but hey, that's just me!), it's a matter of supply and demand and MOST IMPORTANTLY personal taste!

The other thing is the LEVEL of art that the mugs have become!
On the higher end most people never even drink from their MUGS!
I only have a handful left that I would even consider drinking from!

Oh yea, MY MOST EXPENSIVE? $400 for a GECKO piece....the ones that I am always willing to spend the most on! I have Nearly 30 GECKO's now!

What DO I drink out of.....mostly Tiki Farm....there are collectors but there are so many cool, inexpensive and most importantly USEABLE MUGS!

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chisel slinger
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Joined: Feb 23, 2004
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From: columbus,ohio
Posted: 2006-10-27 02:20 am   Permalink

well, dont bite my head off. but a good friend of mine once told me...art is 10% talent and 90% bullshit. and it made sense to me. the most I paid was $40 for a hoffman kahiki headhunter. a friend had it and I wanted it so bad, I was willing to pay alot more. yes I started earlier on and got alot for $1. it's all about history for me. if someone did'nt drink from it in some kinda restaurant/lounge, I don't want it(now thats just me). I just started redoing my lounge, and they are causing me some stress, trying to find places for them.(no I wont sell them). I dont want my space to be dominated by tiki mugs.hmmmmmmmm. what to do? anyway, the most is $40. and that will stay the most.

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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2006-10-27 06:10 am   Permalink

Kinda new to TC but have been collecting for a few years. Out of a hundread or so mugs the most I paid was 35$. The best was a Mauna Loa bamboo with bird handle for eight bucks. Found it in the wild marked bamboo vase. Still good hunting in my area. For Now.

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Joined: Apr 26, 2006
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From: Long Beach California
Posted: 2006-10-30 8:08 pm   Permalink

I've spent a little over $50 (for a mug)...$150 for a shag decanter. But I think my limit is usually about $30...unless its a LE of 25 or 100...then its a whole different ball game.

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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-10-31 09:46 am   Permalink

137.00 But it was the Beauty & the Beast hula girl in the Tiki's mouth mug. It was a must have. (Oh the shame) Spent 87.00 on the Voodoo Grog. Found alot in the wild for far less than what some folks are dropping on these now.



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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Oct 19, 2006
Posts: 40
From: NoVA
Posted: 2006-11-16 1:57 pm   Permalink

At this point, most expensive, $45.00+, average is $10.-25., all are used (I mean that I USE them, not just display them), pricier than stuff from IKEA, but also more interesting...

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Joined: May 27, 2006
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From: The Valley!
Posted: 2006-11-17 11:29 am   Permalink


Dr.TikiMojo wrote:

Oh yea, MY MOST EXPENSIVE? $400 for a GECKO piece....the ones that I am always willing to spend the most on! I have Nearly 30 GECKO's now!
What DO I drink out of.....mostly Tiki Farm....there are collectors but there are so many cool, inexpensive and most importantly USEABLE MUGS!

ALOHA!... Dude share your Gecko's I would love to see your collection!

I wish more great collectors would post their mugs. I love seeing everyones collections.


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Aloha John
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Joined: Oct 25, 2005
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From: San Bernardino, CA
Posted: 2006-11-18 6:16 pm   Permalink

I honestly don't remember how much it was but this was the most expensive "mug" I have bought...

I don't know if that really counts at a "mug" though...

The "It's All About the Tiki" show was when I officially became a tiki mug collector. We bought Pizz's Martin and Lewis, and Franco's Cockeye, and Shag's 3 piece set, and my girlfriend got the last Shag bracelet they had...and then we said-whoa we spent waaay too much already we can't get that Outrigger set, no way. So we hung out for a little while and had some more cocktails and....out came the VISA. I am sure glad I got it!

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Tiki Matt
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Joined: Jul 06, 2004
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From: North O.C.
Posted: 2006-11-19 09:05 am   Permalink

25 cents

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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
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From: The thumb !
Posted: 2006-11-19 09:39 am   Permalink

you got the best 25 cent mugs that I have seen. And those are just the high priced ones you got. The 8 cent ones are probably nice too.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 590
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2006-11-19 10:20 am   Permalink

The most I've paid was $170, in total, for three Tiki Bobs off of ebay. The idea being that I would sell two of them to pay for one (if I was lucky). That was the plan. But, having them, well, I can't bring myself to do it.

Aside from that, the most would be the $50 for Tiki Tony's Fatutu. I generally don't go for new mugs (various TC artist's mugs excepted), but that thing is so frigging odd that I had to. I like it a lot. It shares two (to me) important qualities with the Tiki Bobs—it dosen't look like, or even remotely resemble, any other tiki out there and it's a great design. I'm beginning to think TT is the Dr. Suess of tiki. That's a good thing.

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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
Posts: 491
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-11-19 4:03 pm   Permalink

The most I've paid to date is $50 for the Munktiki Tiki Oasis 6 mug. However, I am part of the second batch of Ohana Hut mugs, which will become my most expensive mug (I can't remember, $90 or $100).

For all other mugs, I once gave in and spent $37.00 for a Tiki Bob-style mug from the Bali Hai, Louisiana.

I've noticed that price inflation on mugs is so bad now, that I've noticed a need to spend approximately $10 more per mug for most named vintage mugs than last year.
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Joined: Jan 12, 2006
Posts: 58
From: Oberhausen - Germany
Posted: 2006-11-20 07:41 am   Permalink

The most expensive mug I bought was a Crazy Al mug for 65 bucks.

I wouldn't pay more than 100 US$ for a mug. It also depends on the design and the edition.
But don't ask how much money I spent for shipping for all my tikimugs right now.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 15, 2006
Posts: 284
From: Syracuse, NY
Posted: 2006-11-25 12:56 pm   Permalink

Most of the mugs I have are in the $10.00 to $20.00 range. I've bid up to $50.00 on e-Bay but never won one of those auctions. The most I spent on a mug was less than $30.00. I have gone over $50.00 for art work. In my neck of the woods, upstate New York, I don't see much in the wild. I did get some Coco Joe's stuff at an estate sale but for me that's been pretty rare. Most of what I have has come from e-Bay. All it takes is for two people to want the same thing at the same time on e-Bay and the price can get crazy. I find I do better just being patient. If I don't get it this time than maybe next time will be the charm. If the Tiki gods wanted me to have it now then they would have made it available at my price don't you think? I don't care if the market drops out because I've never bought anything with the thought of selling and I have no intention of selling anything in this lifetime.

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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2006-12-04 12:52 pm   Permalink

Well, for most mugs, either on Ebay or in the wild, the most I've every paid seems to be in the neighborhood of $30. Weird.

I agree with Swanky and some of the others that the old mugs are the most fun to collect because there's a story associated with them. I was in Lynden, Washington for a Memorial weekend family reunion earlier this year. In one of the antique stores, I found a Daga mug from the Maui Lu-- got it for $8. The thing that kills me is who brought a tiki mug to a place like Lynden in the first place. It boggles the mind.

Most of the newer inexpensive mugs that I buy get used in my home bar.
I have purchased some LE mugs of a new design for $50 and up but usually because I like the design or because it's from an event I attended. It might not have "history", but it means something to me.
I also like supporting the artists and manufacturers that are getting new mugs into restaurants. I've got one of Gecko's kava bowls from La Mariana, a tiki farm mug from Da Big Kahuna in Waikiki, the mugs from the Purple Orchid, a Mr. Bali Hai, a Munktiki from Hula's in Monterey.
I believe in supporting those manufacturers and restaurants so that when I go to a tiki bar there's a good chance I can get a drink in an actual tiki mug. Sweet.

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