When I was 15, my friend, Mark, had what he thought was a 1964 Rickenbacker guitar. Turns out its really a 1966. Anyhow, I bought it for $150, thinking that it was a cool guitar and that it would be worth a lot of money one day. Well, I just had the rear end of by truck rebuilt and now it's time for the transmission. I put the Rickenbacker on line and 4 people approached me with bids. It sold for $5,000.
It's nice to have the cash, but a chunk of it is about to go back out the door.
For those who may be interested it a Rose-Morris Model 1997. It was made in California, but it's a special export model that sold in (I believe) Canada, UK and Australia.