GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The most affordable auction in Geneva, one with some 500 items that are valued at under CHF300, features an unusual item this year, a blue bearskin that was for a long time reputed to be that of a fabled Yeti. The annual summer event at the Hôtel des Ventes in Geneva is set for 20-23 June, with a preview open to the public Friday to Sunday, 17-19 June.
The Yeti skin, to be auctioned 22 June, is estimated to have a value of CHF2,000-3,000. It was reportedly carried back from Tibet by Edmund Hillary in 1959 and the skin has since been certified by the British Museum as belonging to one of the region’s blue bears, Ursus arctos pruinosus, which some believe to have been the mysterious Yeti.
Cryptomundo reports that 2,000-3,000 CHFs equals about $2,400-$3,800. They also have an interesting write up of the story of how Blue Bears came to be thought of as the Yeti of legend, with a somewhat conspiratorial bent.