Apparently he had an offer of $500,000 for it:
AP Wire | 10/02/2005
The Huntsville Times
“GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Occasionally, Kerry Chatham will take the remarkably pristine lure out of the vault and admire it, wonder about its travels over the years, maybe gently spin the 146-year old tail that still moves fluidly in front of two massive barbed hooks.
…Very quietly, in January 2004, Chatham also became the owner of the 10-inch Haskell Minnow, the rarest fishing lure in the world.”