One of the world’s rarest pens to lead Bonhams’ Fine Writing Instruments Sale

One of the finest red lacquer Namiki pens ever made will lead Bonhams’ Fine Writing Instruments: The European Namiki Collection and Other Pens sale on 14th December at Bonhams New Bond Street. Estimated at £42,000 – 60,000, the A-grade red lacquer fountain pen is the first of its kind to surface on the auction market in over 20 years. With approximately only 1500 in existence and almost all of them consolidated in private collections, vintage Namiki pens are exceptionally rare. Red Namikis, which are outnumbered by their black counterparts 20:1, are rarer still. “This is one of the most distinguished pens the auction market has ever seen,” said Ivan Briggs, Bonhams Director of Fine Writing Instruments. “The elaborate, raised takamaki-e work combined with the mother-of-pearl inlay on red urushi background give this pen an unsurpassed radiance.”

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