Sorting

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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 Kopenhagen Ivory.

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 needs.

As the only ISO-9001 certified auction house in the world, Kopenhagen Fur ensures a consistently high quality in sorting. 

 

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Inspection

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.

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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.