The Pen Maker Pelikan to Auction Its 2014 Collection

  • Sharakku Utamaro
  • Health Gold
  • Wealth Gold
  • Health Green
  • Wealth Violet

Beginning November 3, the German writing-instruments manufacturer Pelikan will offer this year’s auction collection, called the Unique Collection 2014, which comprises 17 one-of-a-kind maki-e pens. The follow-up to a similar sale in 2012, the auction will be conducted entirely online and will see a new pen come up for bids each weekday. Buyers will have one week from the start of bidding for each pen before the digital hammer falls.

All the pens for the sale are decorated using the traditional Japanese maki-e lacquering technique, in which an artisan applies an image to the pen by sprinkling metallic powder on the wet lacquer. A number of different variations of maki-e painting techniques are used on the various pens in the collection. They include togidashi, in which multiple layers of lacquer are applied and then polished; taka, which mixes charcoal or gold powder with the lacquer to give the image a three dimensional appearance; and raden, which uses small pieces of abalone shell to create an image.

Starting bids for the Unique Collection 2014 pens range from about $1,275 to $23,500. The most expensive pen in the collection, the Sharakku and Utamaro, pays tribute to the two renowned 18th-century Japanese ukiyo-e artists Sharakku Toshusai and Utamaro Kitagawa. The pen employs both the togidashi and taka maki-e techniques to recreate the two artists’ most famous works. These images are then surrounded by a multitude of tiny, hand-set plates of gold. Bidding for the Sharakku and Utamaro pen will begin on November 25. (pelikan.com)

From Around the Web...
The Profiles in History sale will also offer animation cells and props from Disney’s greatest hits…
Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie
Harry Potter fans, get ready to bid on a rare, bejeweled copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard
If you love The Hobbit, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, or the Dude, you’ll want to own these games…
Lennon used this piano to compose Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, and more…
The skeleton is one of only 12 in the world and the only one in private hands…
From culinary adventures to a heli-tour in the Himalayas, each lot is an enticing once-in-a-life...
The dazzling exhibition of light and mirrors will travel to five venues in 2017 and 2018…
Neil Leifer’s collection, including the world’s most famous sports photos, is being auctioned…
Chess dates back to the 6th century, but these boards are anything but traditional…
Christie’s and the Edward James Foundation Come Together to Celebrate the Surrealist Art of Dalí,...