By the time I had the money to buy anything decent (early '90s), a Record gruppo all by itself was $1500+, without rims, bars, stem, or frame. I bought a Chorus gruppo from a mail-order place in NY for $750, and thought I'd stolen it.
I had a Waterford Reynolds 731 frame built for about $1000 about the time I became a journeyman fitter in '93 or so. I moved the Campy stuff to a Titanium frame built by Lightspeed with Merckx geometry shortly after I went into business in '97. It was double-butted Ti tubing, which was stupid-cool. It was only a couple of years before I bought my first speedster and stopped riding (which was one of the biggest mistakes of my life).
The bike is still one of the coolest things I own. It's my fondest hope to get my fat butt on it again this summer.