Retail over $50 - the one pictured is obviously assembled - the one you get is not - I can't mail it assembled - it would just fall apart - it stays assembled while hanging. (sorry to specify but a buyer actually complained in feed back it wasn't assembled!!! SMH) Great piece - we used one in our shop to hang small Mark Roberts fairies from. You can do ornaments of any season - we hung above a table like a light. I said brass - it's brass colored - gold colored - I don't know if it is real brass. Great piece for WAY under wholesale cost.