The other day I was going through my folder of zany and humorous papers that I had started keeping when I first started practicing law. Among the gems that I had stuffed in the folder I found a letter (yes, and actual letter!) from “Dr. Kofi Mensah of the Congo Uphill Incorporation – Export/Import Division” offering me a 35% share of $45 million dollars belonging to President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Republic of the Congo. I was requested to “treat this as a matter of urgency and strict confidentiality,” which I did for many years. But I’m sure that Dr. Mensah has succesfully extracted his wealth by now and therefore I am no longer bound by the confidentiality provision. (see here for discussion of importance of confidentiality in Nigerian commercial transactions).
So I’m thinking of selling this letter, which comes complete with the stamped brown envelope, on eBay. What would it be worth, I wonder? This isn’t an E-mail folks. This is an actual hand addressed envelope with a pre-printed letter (also hand-signed by “Kofi”). If you would like to make me a reasonable offer before I put it on eBay I’m all ears (as Ross Perot used to say).
It does have some sentimental value for me as it represents the only correspondence I have ever received from Nigeria. By regular mail, that is.