Ivory parrot okimono auctions with 273% increase

A remarkable ivory parrot okimono - a Japanese term meaning "ornament for display" - has auctioned for £37,250 ($55,487) in Edinburgh this afternoon (July 10).

ivory parrot okimono
The £37,250 ($55,487) specimen
on his plinth

Estimated to be worth £10,000, the ivory parrot auctioned at Bonhams with a 273% increase, testament to its scarcity.

The lovable ornithological specimen, carved as if in the midst of preening his feathers, measures 87cm including its stand.

Previous sales results suggest that demand for rare, novel Asian items is strong.

A spectacular articulated hawk sculpture brought £121,250 ($184,807) to Bonhams London in May, leading the auction house's sale of fine Japanese art.

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