"We'll have your triumphal chariot waiting outside to bring you back to your hotel tonight," the auctioneer joked.
So when Chicago auctioneer Gabe Fajuri first got a cold call from Collins describing the box, he was skeptical.
The auctioneer talks about knowing and employing royalty, and celebrity big spenders.
"$450,000," called the auctioneer, pointing to a bidder in the crowd at Christie's.
"In truth, you are so wrapped up that I must take your word for it," replied the auctioneer.
"I suppose you'll charge for bringing Cousin Henry into the court," said the auctioneer.
You shall find a man of letters sharing diggings with an auctioneer, and a medical student pigging with a stockbroker's clerk.
"He will only laugh at us in his sleeve when it is over," said the auctioneer.
Nor must the teacher be in a hurry, hastening from verse to verse with the nervous dispatch of an auctioneer.
A dark man had climbed upon one of the steps, and was whispering to the auctioneer.