Sotheby’s, Queen Juliana & Japan

On March 17, a Sotheby’s auction of the property from the estate of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands will end after four days. More than 1,600 extraordinary items will be auctioned off in Amsterdam – all for the benefit of charity.

Like so many others, our thoughts this week are with the people of Japan. As such, Lot 519 among the items for auction caught our eye– a 27 inch tall patinated bronze sculpture of the eighteen armed ‘KANNON’ EDO period from Japan, which was dated roughly to the 19th century. This figure was standing there with a serene expression in a meditating pose in front of a flaming mandorla, on a lotus leaf cast base.
This interesting piece of art sold for €8,125 which is about $11,500, although it was estimated to bring in only about €1,000 to €1,500. Hopefully, at least some of these proceeds will go to the Japanese people who are in need of help after the terrible earthquake and tsunami and currently fearful for the future of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
In case you had plans to spend some money on a nice accessory, a fancy piece of clothing or a nice dinner, this might be the week to reconsider and donate some money to Japan instead.

Sotheby's Queen Juliana

Sotheby’s Queen Juliana