Ok I think I have a definitive history.
Frame number is not as previously published and I have checked the actual number.(the tag on the bike was incorrect)
The frame is definitely a 1994 but with a newer head tube fitted.(almost definitely done by Merlin).
This was confirmed by a very experienced mechanic who looked at the bike today.
The bike was built up in 2000 and are all parts are correct for that time.
The bike was priced up at $4999.99 U.S. and stored/displayed at Bicycle Pedaler in Wichita,U.S.A.
In early 2012 a road rider saw the bike and bought it with the intention of keeping it on a display stand in his basement.
This owner changed his mind and listed the bike on Ebay.
This is where is come in.
I bought the bike and imported it to N.Z.in early July 2012.
The bike is currently in for a full service and will be used and cherished by me for the foreseeable future.
I just love it.