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Semi-ninja'd by Louis IX. The holy avenger is actually way underpriced for what it does.
+5 holy = +7 equivalent, 98000 gp for starters. But there's a 30% price reduction if only usable by a particular class. So how do we break that out?
+2 is usable by anybody. +2 = 8000 gp.
The "upper" +5-equivalent (+3 holy) is usable only by paladins. We price that as 98000 (+7 equivalent) - 8000 (+2 usable by anybody) = 90000. 90000 x 30% = 27000. 90000 - 27000 = 63000.
2000 gp for the tax to enchant cold iron.
630 gp for a masterwork cold iron longsword.
That brings us up to 8000 + 63000 + 2000 + 630 = 73630 gp so far, just for the magic weapon stuff, before we get to the other powers.
Now is the hard part. We know the SR and greater dispel magic powers combined are worth 47000 gp (120630 gp - 73630 gp). If all we want to do is reverse engineer the price, we can stop here. But let's compare and see how those abilities might be priced according to the magic item pricing guidelines.
There is a price listed for SR in the magic item gp value table. It's 10000 gp per point over SR 12. The holy avenger gives us SR based on its wielder's level +5, however, so we can't figure it exactly. Just to give ourselves an entry argument, let's assume the wielder's level is the CL of the holy avenger: 18. That would grant SR 23. That means the SR price would be (23-12 = 11 x 10000 = 110000 gp. However, the holy avenger also grants the same SR to anyone adjacent to the paladin. That's a bigger benefit, so it should cost more, but we don't have any guidelines on how to price that, so let's ignore it for now. There's also the 30% paladin-only discount, bringing that down to 77000 gp.
Greater dispel magic is a command word activated unlimited use power. Spell level 6 x CL 18 x 1800 gp = 194400. But, you can only use the area dispel. Let's be very generous and say that only costs 1/3 as much, since that's only 1 of 3 things you can do with greater dispel magic. That makes it 64800 gp, 45360 gp with the 30% paladin only discount added in.
So that would come out to 73630 + 77000 + 45360 = 195990 gp if we were pricing it out by the magic item pricing guidelines. That makes the holy avenger quite a steal at a mere 120k and change.