Japanese antiques auction video.

I was able to take video of the monthly auction I go to in Nara. These four videos show the pace and general feeling of the process. The video was taken with my Ipod Touch so the quality leaves something to be desired.

The first one starts out with something being sold for about 18,000 yen. Notice the auctioneer asking the person selling the piece if the price is OK. He only passes it to his right back after the seller nods/bows his approval. This happens in all the videos.  The second piece doesn’t get the minimum bid so is almost immediately passed off to the auctioneer’s left rear. The seller will take it home.  The next two pieces, sometsuke Imari, go on the block but don’t attract any bids in the first few seconds. It is pointed out that the next box contains a match for one of the two and that is brought out to be auctioned together. They sell for about 18,000 yen too.

The second video shows items being auctioned from a different seller. The fist item is a set of wooden sake cups, about 6-8 in one lot.  They sell for about 40,000 yen. Notice how many people are behind the auctioneer inspecting the pieces and compare that to the number in the videos after this one.

The next video just shows a general feeling about the way the auction is conducted. The items being put up are from the guy sitting to the left of the auctioneer in the video. He is a heavyweight in the kimono world and also runs an antiques store in Nara. The auctioneer is a former deshi, pupil, of his.

The last video is of antiques brought by a guy that always brings fantastic work. I would like to know where he gets what he brings. The video shows about 1 lot of old glass beads being auctioned. It goes  for over 100,000 yen The highest price for the lots of beads was around 140,000 yen but I don’t have a video of that. The last lot in the video is a pair of cuff links that is the most unusual but goes for relatively cheap, around 40,000 yen.


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