Well it is that time of year again. The Japan Shohin Bonsai Association is holding their annual auction. If you haven’t seen what they offer then take a peak at this link. Click here to see the auction pages. Take note at the top right of the page “ページ2” as this will take you to the second page of their auction catalog.
They have a number of Tofukuji pots for sale: 12, 20, 24, 26, 41 and 58. Yusen pots are numbers: 2, 3, 10, 22, 51 and 53. Number 8 is by Suyama. Number 15 is by Taishan Koito. Number 30 and 55 is by Miyazaki Hazime. Heian Kozan’s pots are 39 and 40.
Last year each thumbnail contained a link to a larger view of the pot or tree so hopefully thay will do that this year as well but currently they are only displaying the small thumbnail.
If you are interested in bidding on any of these pots (sorry no trees from Japan can be imported into the US), you can email email@example.com. Last year the owner of Yorozuen was the auction chairman.
Bidding requires you to provide them with your maximum bid and then secure that with a credit card or bank transfer. It is complex but frankly these are world class pots. Expect to pay $3,000 and up for a Tofukuji pot and potentially $5,000 and up for a Yusen pot. I have no idea if they have reserves!