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Old 12-03-2019, 02:43 PM
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The third auction of PH's collection of masks and jade has taken place and all items were sold.
Most remained in DK, but there were some foreign bidders as well.
The most expensive item, a jade-duck, went for 16.000 DKK.

https://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelig...s-kunstsamling

I think PH would have been pleased that the auction went so well and also that so many items have now found their ways to so many private homes of ordinary Danes. Because the prices were affordable for ordinary people.
That's actually a good way to be remembered by many IMO.
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:30 PM
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I think would have been pleased that the auction went so well and also that so many items have now found their ways to so many private homes of ordinary Danes. Because the prices were affordable for ordinary people.
That's actually a good way to be remembered by many IMO.
I think Prince Henrik would have liked the fact that he's now become part of the homes of so many ordinary Danes. Although he got a bad rep during the last few years of his life before that he was popular (populær & folkelig) in both meanings of the word. I'm a member of several Copenhagen groups on Facebook and stories about him popping up in the most unusual places are shared every now and then.
Looking in from across the water it seems that after his dementia became public knowledge, and thereby explained much of his peculiar behaviour during the last few years of his life, the Danes have taken him to their hearts again?
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:51 PM
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I think Prince Henrik would have liked the fact that he's now become part of the homes of so many ordinary Danes. Although he got a bad rep during the last few years of his life before that he was popular (populær & folkelig) in both meanings of the word. I'm a member of several Copenhagen groups on Facebook and stories about him popping up in the most unusual places are shared every now and then.
Am I right in believing that after his dementia became public knowledge, and thereby explained much of his peculiar behaviour during the last few years of his life, the Danes have taken him to their hearts again?
That certainly is my impression.

It was also a paradox, because at one side PH was genuinely popular by a large and growing number, during the last decade of his life in particular. Not least after his frank biography in the book Destiny Oblige, but especially because he was quirky, somewhat eccentric and sometimes also refreshingly old-fashioned. While at the same time being willing to try things that "one" certainly did not do! Like visiting the hippie-commune (and hashish-central) of Christiania without security.
He had his faults, but he was never a snob. And he had the enviable ability to be able to talk to anyone anytime.
On the other hand he had views and obsessions that went totally contrary to the average Danish mindset. I.e. his status, title and position within the family. Things that are pretty alien to the mindset of most Danes. And the way he as such embarrassed QMII, who after all is tremendously respected, also before he could have developed dementia, infuriated many - and also embarrassed the tribe as a whole so to speak.

Perhaps you could loosely share some of the anecdotes you have learned?
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Old 06-07-2020, 05:04 PM
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19 bronze figures made by PH will be put up for auction.

Some of them are quite interesting, but I don't think it suits our current budget.

https://jyllands-posten.dk/kultur/EC...an-blive-dine/

The auction will take place on 17th June at the Bruun Rasmussen auction house.

The figures stems from a private collecetion but have been acquired directly from PH.
- So to me that suggests a very close and dear friend of PH is putting them up for sale. A guess off the hip says Kristian Kjær. He has fallen from grace since an unfortunate incident ramming an official during a bicycle race. He got a suspended prison sentence for that. Leading him to be stripped of his court titles - and as such shunned by those close to the DRF.
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Old 06-07-2020, 05:30 PM
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Very interesting post. Sculptures are quite good and interesting also.
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Old 06-21-2020, 04:11 AM
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It has now emerged who is selling the sculptures that are up for auction.

https://realityportalen.dk/rcarticle...med-millioner/

It is indeed a trusted person, but not Kristian Kjær as my guess was, instead it's PH's valet through 25 years, Jesper Grønvald Jensen.
(He is seen in the photo in the article.)

Because a number of the sculptures have inscriptions like:
"Pour Jesper 20/5. Le Patron."

The sculptures are each valued at between 30.000-350.000 DKK. Combined the value is estimated at 1.6-1.9 million DKK.

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- It's not a huge sum, but for a retiring state civil servant it is nevertheless a very good contribution to the pension.

The article baffles me a little though. It says that Jesper Grønvald Jensen lives in his apartment (that is part of his job, enabling him to be able to attend 24/7 if need be) at Christian VII's mansion. That's the representation mansion.
It's a testament to PH's fondness of his valet (and QMII) that he has been allowed to keep his apartment in such a prominent location.
Normally members of the court, retired as well as serving, can apply for an apartment in one of the apartment buildings surrounding Amalienborg at a very favorable rent. (Certainly orders of magnitudes less that what such an apartment would cost on the free market.) Nikolai for a brief period lived in such an apartment.
The salary for court employees is not high, but they have many perks and a very good pension.
Normally it is considered very bad form to sell personal gifts presented by members of the DRF. But I guess PH perhaps in his testament made it clear that the sculptures could be sold for retirement, and/or QMII gave her ok for the same reason.
Because, after this period I think it's time for the valet to move out of his apartment at Amalienborg - and that means finding a place to live and pay a rent.
The auction house, Bruun Rasmussen, is also very close to the DRF. The owner is a personal friend of QMII. I don't think they would be eager to sell items by the DRF, if the sale had not been approved by the DRF. Not for such a modest sum.

The valet, Jesper Grønvald Jensen, politely declines to comment.

But he gave an interview to a newspaper, a couple of years ago, saying among other things about PH:
"The Prince Consort is so funny to be around. All who meet him falls for him. And I know no one else with so much empathy. He is extremely environmentally conscious and he has an open mind for all cultures.
He meets people on their level, while he at the same time take care to uphold formalities. Everything must be in order."

Jesper Grønvald Jensen must have been around PH during the last dreadful months.
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Old 06-21-2020, 08:02 AM
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It certainly sounds as if it was "approved of" no matter how discreetly by the RF, possibly it was a direct wish of Henrik in which case HM and the RF would likely not feel to go against it even if they wanted to.
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There is a rose named after Prince Henrik growing at Marselisborg:

Rose “Prince Henrik” – Noblesse & Royautés
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