I have a NIB 6Ē Colt Python with Ellison Sights that I purchased in 1980. I also have a S&W Model 19-3 that is a fine gun but IMHO, it does not compare to the Python. This opinion is strictly based on working the action and observation of the fit and finish of both revolvers.
My plan was to shoot the Python when it was purchased but I decided to keep it for investment purposes. It tuned out to be a good decision since, as you know, the Python is no longer produced. Itís sad to see the passing of fine craftsmanship in the USA.
I recently purchased Cocobolo grips from Altamont and plan on building a lightbox to take pictures of my guns. I also purchased the shop manual on Colt revolvers by Jerry Kuhnhausen to learn more about the Pythonís internals.
The Python commands a premium but like other guns with fame, prestige, and mystic, many are willing to pay it.