Pointman, I picked up this one for $750. It's realy clean, perfect royal blue finish with the slightest turn line. The wood grips are near new and no wear on the gold medallions. I've been looking a while and prices range from $700 to $900 for nice ones.
This too good to resist. The talk about $700 to $800 Pythons reminds that in 1965, I bought a NIB Python for $100 from a legitimate dealer. The regular price was $125, but Colt gave a $25 discount to LEO's. That compared to the top of the line S&W .357, which retailed for $87.95, if I remember correctly. I had to make four monthly payments in order to buy it, but the dealer let me take it with me when I gave him the $25.00 down payment.
After about 15 years of holster wear, I had it re-blued. After 20 years, I had to switch to a Sig 220, which the department issued.
The Python is still resting in the original box with the bill of sale. It still shoots as well as the day I fired the first shot.
There are two other Pythons in my background but those stories will have to wait.
NO, IT IS NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE!
Great story! That is why guns are a great investment if you keep them long enough. For further cost comparison, I recently bought a NIB Python manufactured in 1978 from a retired dealer for $1,200. I actually traded two guns plus $$$ for it. It had been sitting in his basement for the last 25 years still in factory wrap/box.