In 2012, Pelikan hosted a special auction in which 11 pens done in the Maki-e style were sold. These were unique pieces, never to be reproduced. The final sale prices ranged anywhere from $4400 to $19,000 plus. While these prices are out of the price range for most of us, it is still fun to look at these beautiful pieces (and perhaps dream of hitting the lottery). Two years later, Pelikan is again hosting a special auction, this time with 17 pieces up for sale, again done in the Maki-e style by renowned artist from Japan.
According to Pelikan, these pens will be available for purchase in successive auctions held at one-week intervals during November. For those that don’t know, “Maki-e is a complex Japanese lacquer painting technique, which requires a great deal of patience and skill. The artist applies lacquer as well as gold and silver particles in multiple layers, which are repeatedly polished, giving a 3D effect. Only a few artists in the world have mastered the technique of Maki-e painting; it takes years to learn.”