According to Time magazine:
‘The Defense Department posted a solicitation for a cello on Tuesday, saying it would be conducting an “online competitive reverse auction” to ensure taxpayers get the best price. …
‘An uunnamed Air Force official … specifies that it must be a cello “crafted by Joannes Gagliano 1787” … Captain Derek White, an Air Force spokesman, said procurement rules cap this particular purchase at $150,000. The final price, he added Thursday, will likely be around $75,000.’
Can anyone make sense of this?