It has now emerged who is selling the sculptures that are up for auction.
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.
- 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.