I am really interested in getting to the bottom of this question. lol The last five years of my lantern enthusiasm has seen dramatic increase of lantern prices online and I'd like to know the core reason or various reasons why. Please don't say" supply and demand, son ". lol Possible reasons? Dramatic growth of Asia as the market for lanterns? Speculation by investors in lanterns as collectibles? Forum member hobbyists themselves growing the lantern market by becoming business sellers?