what would you pay for old original blueprints?
We closed on our dream house a few weeks ago. To make a very long story short, our sellers took the original blueprints, photos and sketches, which had stayed with the house since it was built in 1910, with them when they left. They are now demanding we make them a cash offer for the plans.
I cannot go into the hijincks of these sellers and their snake-oil agent without getting angry all over again (our realtor reported him to the state board, he was so bad); suffice it to say they were extremely difficult sellers.
Because there wasn't any kind of specific clause in the contract about the plans, despite being listed as an asset in the realty write-up, there's little we can do but be extorted if we want the plans. Unfortunately, we do want them pretty badly since we will be doing some work on the house and want to stay true to the original architectural intent, etc.
It's a medium-small private house by a well-known turn-of-the-century local architect, in a style that's slightly unusual for him. The house has no historical meaning of note beyond the sentimental, it is not historically designated.
The plans consist of a few linen pages of drawings wrapped in leather in a roll. Does anyone here know about such things and have an idea as to the real market value? $50? $200? $10,000?
Thanks in advance!