Anybody paying that much for a 4e that is not a two barrel set is a fool. And like my olGrandmother use to say a fool and his money soon part. You can buy a nice 4e knick gun for under 2 grand if you look around. I bought a very nice one for 1695. last year. The 34" barrels are worth more money and hard to find.
I,v seen two or three 4-E,s for sale in the last year or two at a local gun club . One was very nice about 95% over all price was 1500.00 it did,t sell . Last one I bought was in a hard case and was a good 90% I gave about half what Cabelas,s is asking . If you feel like paying out the a$$ for a gun it,s your business but don,t say a fair price is stealing it .
In the scheme of things, an original gun is pretty unusual. After all, we're talking trap shooters here. Most of what is out there will have been modified in some way. Most didn't spend their life in a closet, so 94% finish or less is the norm. I'm just throwing numbers out here, but a 4E with 90-94% finish, some nicks and dings in the wood, and a Gooey pad on the back might be $1500. Make that an original gun with 99+% finish and the price will easily double. Easily. Winchesters, Parkers, Ithacas, whatever, the lay of the land is the same.