From to time, the original 78 rpm record of "St. James Infirmary" as performed by Louis Armstrong pops up on eBay. I watch the bidding, but I don't get involved. I'd love to own the thing itself
, but my turntable doesn't do 78, and then there's the matter of the cost. In the most recent auction for a copy of Okeh 8657 ("in stunning E+ condition
and is still in its original Okeh sleeve"), which ended Wednesday, the winning bid was $245.28.
A little more than I'm willing to pay.