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 January, 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 700 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 7 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.