The Niigata District of the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association staged the 23rd Niigata Breeders Auction on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at Yamakoshi Village office.

The weather was pretty awful on the morning of the auction, weather that had thankfully spared the Niigata Nogyosai 2 days earlier.  It did however make looking at the auction Koi in the show pools outside a little unpleasant.

A grey and wet Yamakoshi morning

A grey and wet Yamakoshi morning

At 10am the breeders started bagging the lots and bringing them inside the hall in Yamakoshi Village Office where the auction would take place in the dry and relative warmth.

Bagged auction lots being brought into the venue

Bagged auction lots being brought into the venue

Each breeders Koi were placed together with the individual bags placed into plastic trays to make them easier to move.

Potential buyers inspecting bagged lots before auction starts

Potential buyers inspecting bagged lots before auction starts

Bagged lots

Bagged lots

Each registered bidder, all members of the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association, would have a numbered paddle to display when bidding.  A full range of numbers available to accommodate peoples ‘lucky’ numbers.

Paddles with bidders numbers

Paddles with bidders numbers

The ladies of Yamakoshi Village were on hand serving bowls of hot Yamakoshi Soup which was going down well after everyone had come inside.


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Yamakoshio ladies serving soup

Yamakoshio ladies serving soup

A group of breeders enjoying the soup

A group of breeders enjoying the soup

As the 11 o’clock start time approached everyone was called to take their places and small cups of sake distributed in order that a toast could be made and the auction get under way.

Ryu Mano and Taro Kataoka distribute small cups of Sake to participants for a toast

Ryu Mano and Taro Kataoka distribute small cups of Sake to participants for a toast

A toast of 'kampai' before the auction starts

A toast of ‘kampai’ before the auction starts

With 57 breeders entering up to 7 Koi each it was a long afternoon ahead.  You can see some of the entered Koi here – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/10/26/23rd-niigata-breeders-auction-30th-october-2018-gosanke/ and http://nishikigoi.life/2018/10/26/23rd-niigata-breeders-auction-30th-october-2018-non-gosanke/

Each lot was placed on a trolley and wheeled between the potential bidders.

Masato Hoshino of Koda Koi Farm wheels a lot between the rows of bidders

Masato Hoshino of Koda Koi Farm wheels a lot between the rows of bidders

A large number of buyers present

A large number of buyers present

Each Koi was displayed on a large TV screen and the present bid clearly displayed to enable international buyers to clearly see.  The auction was conducted in Japanese.

Each lot displayed on the TV screen with current bid

Each lot displayed on the TV screen with current bid

The 4 auctioneers took it in turns through the day to auction off each lot.

Taro Kataoka

Taro Kataoka

Ryu Mano

Ryu Mano

Yoshikazu Otsuka

Yoshikazu Otsuka

Kazuhiro Hoshino

Kazuhiro Hoshino

The bidders came from all over the world to take part.


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Benjamin Goh, AKA Koi Centre

Benjamin Goh, AKA Koi Centre

Side by side battle

Side by side battle

Some bids had been placed by telephone in advance

Some bids had been placed by telephone in advance

Vijay, Grand Koi

Vijay, Grand Koi

 

Joe, Koi Kichi Fish Farm (Thailand)

Joe, Koi Kichi Fish Farm (Thailand)

 

Dani Berdin, DNA Koi (Philippines)

Dani Berdin, DNA Koi (Philippines)

Kim Cloet of Kim's Koi (Belgium) concedes this one to Max Ng of Max's Koi Farm (Singapore)

Kim Cloet of Kim’s Koi (Belgium) concedes this one to Max Ng of Max’s Koi Farm (Singapore)

Ryuki Narita, Narita Koi Farm (Japan)

Ryuki Narita, Narita Koi Farm (Japan)

Kiki Sutarki, Samurai Koi Centre (Indonesia)

Kiki Sutarki, Samurai Koi Centre (Indonesia)

One Koi which we had featured in advance of the auction was attracting a lot of talk, the Beni Kikokuryu below, 60cm, bred by Marusaka Koi Farm.  This Koi has also taken The Niigata Prefectural Society of Nishikigoi President’s Award at the Niigata Nogyosai 2 days earlier – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/10/27/the-major-winners-from-the-2018-niigata-nogyosai/

It wasn’t until the latter half of the auction that this Koi’s turn came, and when it did the price soon rose quickly, I had known in advance that my very good friend Michael Hernandez of Kois and Ponds in the Philippines, and Tomigai Koi Food, fame was going to make a bid for it.  We’d discussed likely prices it would reach.

Mike Hernandez bidding for the Beni Kikokuryu (Pic courtesy of Steve Gibbins)

Mike Hernandez bidding for the Beni Kikokuryu (Pic courtesy of Steve Gibbins)

In the end it was Mike’s hand who stayed in the air longest, and he successfully acquired this Koi on behalf of a customer.  This Koi would be the most expensive auctioned on the day, in some very very serious Gosanke company.

Mike takes the applause as the hammer drops (Pic courtesy of Kiyoko Fujita - Rinko magazine)

Mike takes the applause as the hammer drops (Pic courtesy of Kiyoko Fujita – Rinko magazine)

Marusaka Beni Kikokuryu

Marusaka Beni Kikokuryu

Highest priced lot of the day, Marusaka Koi Farm Beni Kikokuryu

Highest priced lot of the day, Marusaka Koi Farm Beni Kikokuryu

Afterwards Mike said, ‘My daughter Mikki & her husband Devin who recently opened DemiKoi in California, USA we’re very instrumental in my decision to offer the Beni Kikokuryu to my customer. They came to me during the Nogyosai and mentioned that they spotted the beautiful Beni Kikokuryu and I said that I had too. Together with my wife Gleci we discussed about it and made the decision to offer it. After discussing the quality and potentials of the Beni Kikokuryu with our customer friends, Mr Joselito D Campos CEO and President of Del Monte Pacific LTD and his wife Ollie, we are very grateful and honored that they believed in us and let us represent them in this very prestigious auction. We all believe that this Koi will show well at the All Japan Koi Show and thinking ahead to be shown in the future Wakagoi Show as well.’


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Left to right: Gleci Hernandez, Mike Hernandez, Mikki Hernandez-Swanson, Devin Swanson

Left to right: Gleci Hernandez, Mike Hernandez, Mikki Hernandez-Swanson, Devin Swanson

 

At the end of the auction, all bags marked with the number of the successful bidder

At the end of the auction, all bags marked with the number of the successful bidder

At around 3pm all lots had been auctioned and the event finished.  Many of the auctioned Koi will likely be seen again next at the 50th All Japan Koi Show which takes place on 1st-3rd February 2019 – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/09/25/50th-anniversary-all-japan-koi-show-2019-nishikigoi-of-the-world/


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