Just saw this rare thing to pop up at Iida Koendo. Can't even dare to think about the price tag.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:15 PM
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The only guy who might know is Darcy. Juyo papered true dai sho, not married. LOL! More than I'll ever have.
“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
— Mark Twain
Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:12 PM
In 1993 a Kiyomaru daito sold for more than $400k in Sotherby's London. At the time I think it was a record price paid for a Japanese sword at auction outside of Japan. A wakazashi by the same smith and in the same sale made approx $75k. The buyer of the long sword was Tsuruta san of Aoi-Art.
While many would argue that prices have dropped since the time of this sale I dont think that is the case for work of the top smiths and few are more popular or sought after than Kiyomaro so I think this pair would be well above the $500k mark.
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 05:50 PM
Agreed completely Michael, a true Shizu over Kiyomaro any day
Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:29 PM
Sure, this is interesting, and I'm glad to know about the opportunity. Thanks Jussi. But I'm going to stay with my established collecting strategy. One of these will show up at a local gun show. I'm sure. Or maybe an estate sale.
Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:32 PM
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