Aficionados won’t be surprised at the ease Steele County had in selling this. Thompson collecting is a pretty passionate sub-culture. You do need a class III license, because these are full-auto. You also need to be wealthy enough to play the game. Seems to me the going rate is actually what was experienced here, about $40,000.
I read this book as maybe a 12, 13 year old:
With the benefit of hindsight I am reminded now how conceptually off the wall this book is. Girl gets Tommy gun. Hilarity ensues.
It’s a bit out of fashion now, ya figure.