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Fur Harvesters Helsinki Auction Results - March 10th
Mar 22, 2019 06:20 ET

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SALE RESULTS – MARCH 10th, 2019
PRICES SHOWN IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
Having just returned from Helsinki Finland we are very pleased overall with the price increases on some
species and the strong clearances we achieved. It is felt by the vast majority of the trade that the attendance
at the FHA/SAGA auction will be the bench mark for the year.
We had stated with subtle optimism that beaver prices were going to strengthen particularly on the better end.
Since May of last year this has been the case with FHA's beaver collection achieving a premium for ALL
SIZES. This was achieved this auction as Russia and Italy were the takers of the better goods right down to the
SMALL SIZES. Long haired articles like wild foxes and raccoon were pushed upwards as well by Russia and
Turkey. Both counties finding it convenient to remain on their home continent and buy direct from the source
and filling their orders with us.
Lynx sold at increased levels with competition coming from all over the globe and very high clearances. Our
lynx cat collection is unquestionably considered the world’s finest and we have led in highest price returns to
our shippers for years now. This sale proved no different with our western cat assortment selling very strongly
with tremendously high clearance. As SAGA being the only auction to draw the major fashion houses this has
helped us tremendously in increased exposure on our luxury goods.
Sables sold acceptably with the largest sizes meeting some resistance on the darkest colors. Once into the
secondary sizes competition was strong and good demand for all colors in particular the light brown and pale
sections.
Muskrats sold at rising levels from recent sales and again we experienced strong clearances.
Coyotes were no surprise as the top lot in westerns brought $330.00 and not having a top lot in the eastern the
starting lot of 293 skins sold at $184.80 setting the basis for a strong sale throughout.
Ranch mink remains terminally depressed as price levels remain far below production costs and as predicted
in our May 2018 report the fallout is dramatic as ranchers are pelting out in large numbers mostly across North
America. It is questionable if 2 million mink will remain in North America next season.
Wild fur has fared better in comparison and our results show many species witnessing improved interest and
slight price increases but more importantly STRONG clearances. The wild fur business has been and
continues to be a struggle but we are optimistic. As we did in predicting our beaver price would improve so
are signs that many other wild fur articles are improving. As trappers some may have hung their traps in their
camps looking for better times before taking them down.
We have experienced a large spike in new shippers this season despite the current atmosphere. The pattern
being more bags from new shippers however most bags lacking the heft when prices are bullish.
Our success has always been based on respect and service and a deep understanding that trappers like
everyone wish a fair return for their efforts. However more importantly you believe in who you are and what
you do and to all of you who did not hang up your traps and continued trapping and supporting your auction
house thank you.
Respectfully
Mark Downey
Chief Executive Officer
Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.
1867 Bond Street
North Bay, ON P1B 8K6
Canada
Tel. (705) 495-4688
Fax. (705) 495-3099
www.furharvesters.com
SALE RESULTS – MARCH 10th, 2019
PRICES SHOWN IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
Top Lot of Lynx Cat was purchased by Javier Alcaraz of Barcelona, Spain.
Top Lot of Lynx was purchased by Susanna Ribak for easyfur.com by Lars Paustian of Kiel, Germany.
Top Lot of Coyote was purchased by Susanna Ribak for easyfur.com by Lars Paustian of Kiel, Germany.
Top Lot of Red Fox was purchased by Susanna Ribak for easyfur.com by Lars Paustian of Kiel, Germany.
Top Lot of Raccoon was purchased by Susanna Ribak for easyfur.com by Lars Paustian of Kiel, Germany.
Species Offered % Sold Section Average Top
Beaver 36,932 75% 1
st Section Eastern
3
rd Section
19.22
10.44 62.04
Castoreum Grade#1 $105.60/lb Grade#2 $92.40/lb Grade#3 $79.20/lb
Mink 15,923 Mainly unsold
Sable 38,704 70%
3X-2X HVY
1X HVY
LG HVY
3X-2X SEMI
1X SEMI
LG SEMI
100.58
69.55
44.27
68.93
54.73
38.11
184.80
Otter 5,704 Mainly unsold
Fisher 10,850 Mainly unsold
Lynx 4,809 74% 1
st Section 95.91 382.80
Lynx Cat 5,371 78%
Canadian
Southern
Western
Central
115.87
124.08
549.03
124.08
2772.00
Muskrat 112,494 100% 1
st Section 5.02 7.92
Red Fox 6,802
100%
86%
53%
Mainly Unsold
Northern
Eastern
Western
Central
21.84
30.36
15.07
  • 132.00
    Cross Fox 212 100% 1
    st Section 40.11 76.56
    Grey Fox 2,785 Mainly unsold
    White Fox 605 100% 1
    st Section 45.29 100.32
    Silver Fox 46 100% 1
    st Section 26.37 48.84
    Coyote 10,844 98%
    Western
    Eastern
    Central
    115.54
    77.72
    42.99
    330.00
    Raccoon 39,846 83%
    Canadian
    Northeast HVY
    Western HVY
    Western SEMI
    North Central
    Eastern
    11.70
    10.28
    16.21
    10.15
    10.40
    6.10
    68.64
    Ermine 11,037 Mainly unsold 15.84
    Squirrel 7,686 Mainly unsold
    Skunk 746 88% Overall 5.15 29.04
    Badger 466 68% Overall 34.35 87.12
    Opossum 2,936 100% Overall 2.68 5.94
    Averages are sundry owner, 1st Section pelts only unless stated otherwise.