For the first time in history, Pelikan offers an international auction that allows collectors all over the world to bid for a truly Unique Collection: The collector can choose from eleven Maki-e fountain pens and one set. Each fountain pen has an individual design that was never realized before and will never be adapted into a Pelikan series. A red name stamp of the artist on the barrel of the pen proves that it is indeed a unique piece.
The precious Pelikan Maki-e unique fountain pens will be auctioned off one after the other on consecutive days, starting October 2012. For each pen, there will be an individual auction, with one exception: The Chinkin Four Seasons is a set of four pens, which can only be bought as an unit.
In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today in all the piston fountain pens made by Pelikan. For the models of the Unique Collection, we have chosen the renowned series "Souverän" as the basis, either in the size 800 or in the largest available size, 1000.
One of the finest features of the Souverän series is the finely-chased 18 carat gold nib in the size M, accentuated with a rhodium décor. The clip and the rings are covered by 24-carat gold, and the cap as well as the barrel are both made of high-quality resin.
For the Maki-e Unique Collection 2012, we have chosen 15 unique pieces, created by renowned Maki-e artists in Japan. Pelikan guarantees that these precise fountain pens have never been part of a Pelikan-Collection and will never become one.
Every fountain pen of the Unique Collection is signed by the artist himself. Just below the signature, as a special sign for the Unique Collection, the artist has added the special "Kao" sign in red, drawn by hand with the Maki-e technique. Whenever you see this sign on a Pelikan fountain pen, you will know that you are one of the few people who have the rare opportunity to hold a fountain pen of the Pelikan Maki-e Unique Collection in your hands.
With the honed experience of decades and excellent craftsmanship, the fountain pen model Souveraen is produced in Germany and then decorated in Japan, thus creating a perfectly crafted product that is more than the sum of each part... a little bit of magic has slipped into it.
Each fountain pen is accompanied by a certificate and an auction catalog that shows all the models which are part of the Unique Collection 2012. Every fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood. On the cover of the box, three pieces of information are hand-painted in Japanese letters: The name of the artist with its red stamp, the name of the fountain pen, and the decorative Maki-e method which was used.
We are happy and proud that our Online Auction won the coveted World Luxury Award Finalist Certificate in the category Design and Accessories. The World Luxury Award is the biggest global advertising award and recognizes the very best of creativity in luxury advertising and communication. We are in excellent company with many other top luxury brands of the word.
The auction works in four easy steps:
While signing up, you also choose a retailer who will act as your partner after the end of the auction. This retailer will sell the fountain pen to you, and he will also receive your prepayment. By signing up, you confirm that you are willing to prepay the value of the pen and that you are able to pay the total amount.
You browse through all twelve categories and have a close look at every unique Maki-e fountain pen. You then choose carefully which fountain pen you wish to buy. On the product page of each fountain pen, you can see when the auction starts.
The very first auction will start on October 1st.
Every week day, another auction follows.
There are 12 auctions in total.
Each auction runs a full week.
The hammer always falls at 2PM CEST (Berlin time).
As soon as the auction starts, you can enter your maximum bid on the website. The price will go up in steps of 50 Euro.
If nobody else bids as high as you, your maximum bid will remain your secret. On the product page of each fountain pen, you can see when the auction ends.
On the product page of each fountain pen, you can see when the auction ends. Make sure you don’t enter your last bid at the last minute as the electronic transfer time in this global auction can vary, and we don’t want you to miss your dream by a second!
If you have offered the highest bid, a preliminary contract is concluded and you will get a confirmation via e-mail. Your chosen retailer will get the same e-mail in cc. Together with your chosen retailer, you will arrange the prepayment and delivery details.
The retailer will only hand over the pen after receipt of your full prepayment. Now, you can celebrate and enjoy the feeling of being one of the few people who own a Unique Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen!
In order to fully understand the auction process, please read the ”General Terms and Conditions for Unique MAKI-E pen Internet auctions”. In the event of any discrepancy of this information with the ”General Terms and Conditions for Unique MAKI-E pen Internet auctions” the latter will be decisive.
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