A total of five auctions are held annually at Kopenhagen
Fur. Primarily raw skins are sold here. The skins have not yet been
dressed or otherwise treated. The season starts with an auction in
December, and is followed by auctions in February, April, June and
Each auction typically lasts 3-8 days. Approx. 4-7
million mink skins are sold per auction. This gives an annual
turnover of nearly 23 million mink skins. Kopenhagen Fur is
thus the world's largest auction house for raw skins.
Mink comprise approx. 90% of the fur skins sold at Kopenhagen
Fur. Fox, seal, chinchilla, sable, karakul, Rex rabbit, Nutria,
finnraccoon and fitch are also sold. The mink skins originate
primarily from Denmark, however, mink from Norway, Sweden, the
Netherlands and Finland are received for sale at Kopenhagen Fur.
The majority of the other skin types come from abroad.
Approx. 300 people work from November to June, readying the
skins for sale and delivery. According to type, sex, size, colour
and quality the skins are sorted very carefully. The last process
in the our grading system is the final grading which is of
incredibly great significance to the final result. It is a
fine-tuning of the individual colours while also constituting a
check of the prior sortings.
This unique grading system ensures that the skins in the
individual lots are as identical as possible.
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.
The skins are sold by auction. The auctioneer sells from a
catalogue, which in addition to detailed information on the lots
also contains the appraised value.
The task of the auctioneer is to sell at the highest possible
price and in general to see to it that the auction is conducted in
a fair manner with respect to Kopenhagen Fur's conditions of sale.
A typical sales day last 8-10 hours.
Usually, 5-700 customers attend an auction, representing approx.