When and how much?

Just bought a pair of Dynaudio Audience 70s 2nd hand for $400 for a second system I am setting up. I can't get over how great the sound quality is for next to nothing. Can anyone recall when these marvellous speakers first came on the market and how much they cost? The only downside I can find is the crappy vinyl covering, not the prettiest speakers but great sound reminding me of the Contour 1.8 speakers I used to have in my main system.