After pelting, the farmers send their skins for sale at the
auctions at Kopenhagen Fur in Glostrup. A comprehensive grading
takes place so that each skin lot presents itself as uniform as
possible. This is important as even minor colour nuances are
detectable in the finished garment.
The criteria for grading the skins are always the same. First the
skins are graded according to colour type and sex. Afterwards the
skin length is measured. Then the colour grading takes place. Much
of the process is automated, using the latest computer technology.
After colour grading the skins are graded according to quality by
highly skilled experts. Finally, each grading is fine-tuned while
at the same time the previous gradings are checked. The skins are
gathered in lots, each of which are given a lot number.
Kopenhagen Fur has its own labelling system. The quality is split
into four brands. The finest skins are called Kopenhagen Purple.
After that come Kopenhagen Platinum, Kopenhagen Burgundy and
The Kopenhagen Fur labelling system sets new global standards for
quality labelling of fur skins - standards based on advanced
technology and years of experience with a focus on customer
As the only ISO-9001 certified auction house in the world,
Kopenhagen Fur ensures a consistently high quality in
Before each auction, the buyers have the opportunity to inspect
the skins for sale. The inspection typically lasts for 4-5 days. It
is an important part of the auction period, because the individual
lots for sale are not displayed during the auction itself. The
customers in the auction room have the sales catalogue only,
including their own notes, to guide them in their purchasing.
During the inspection the customers see a cross-section of the
skins only, the so-called showlots, which represent the many
millions of skins.
Auctions at Kopenhagen Fur
Five times a year, the auction house in Glostrup becomes an
international hub. Chinese, Greek, Russian, English, German, Korean
and Japanese is spoken in addition to several other languages. The
hustle and bustle at times resembles Copenhagen Airport during rush
hour sooner than a Danish company in an otherwise tranquil
residential neighbourhood in Glostrup.
The sales season with five annual auctions starts in December,
when skins are newly pelted, and ends in September, when the last
skins are sold. Prior to each auction, five to six inspection days
allow customers to inspect and evaluate the skins. Each auction
attracts between 300 and 500 customers from around the world. At
Kopenhagen Fur the hammer knocks for the highest bidder and the
hammer sets the world market price for mink.
At each of the five auctions, up to 5 million mink skins plus
many other fur types are offered for sale. In the course of just
five days of auction, Kopenhagen Fur can sell skins of more than
Euro 130 million, translating into a sale of Euro 1,500 per second.
The auctions can be followed online with real-time prices, and both
buyers and the fur farmers have access to their own personal data.