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Million dollar bonsai

Posted in Reflections by Jonas Dupuich on November 25, 2011

Million dollar bonsai

There was a lot of talk about a large white pine at the 11th Asia-Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Convention & Exhibition (ASPAC 2011) offered for 100,000,000 yen. At today’s exchange rate, that’s close to 1.3 million dollars.

Million dollar white pine

Million dollar bonsai

The tree was offered by S-CUBE, the bonsai organization headed by Seiji Morimae. The tree sported a sold sign on the second day of the convention, but I do not know for how much the tree actually sold.

Could a large white pine really be worth $1,000,000? Good question. The pine is big, really big, and it has amazing roots.

Trunk

Million dollar roots

Million dollar trunk

Good trunk, good roots, and the man behind S-CUBE, Seiji Morimae

What I’m learning is that it can be difficult to determine the value of trees like this because they are unique. Vendors have heard about the slow economies around the world in many languages this week, but a few good buyers have been leaving a slew of red sold signs in their wake, and the very best trees sold well – hence the success of S-CUBE at the event. If only more exhibits featured such nice trees!

Japanese maple

Japanese maple – sold

White pine

White pine – sold

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Chinese juniper

Chinese juniper – sold

Cork bark pine

Cork bark black pine

Chinese quince

Chinese quince

Black pine

Japanese black pine – sold

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Chinese juniper

Chinese juniper – sold

White pine

White pine – sold

White pine

White pine – sold

S-Cube bonsai

A row of great trees

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  1. tmmason10 said, on November 25, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Wow those trees are absolutely amazing. You are so lucky to be over there in japan getting all these experiences. I just found this blog a few weeks ago and have read almost evey post. Keep it up, it’s informative, well thought out and the pictures are great


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