I hear ya, you need to do a lot of due diligence when you're throwing around money like that. But it was just pretty nuanced in this case from what I've read. Correct caliber and appearance until you took everything apart. Still, that was a loooot of money to not be certain.
Related note, some of the big name auction houses have been caught with their pants down recently, the fakes are getting better and better.
@tigerpac No I didn't mean Canal St. "fake"… that's why I put Frankenstein. Either way I'd expect a guy who is so obsessed with the hobby and can certainly afford to be fully informed… to be fully informed.