Items from former Kawamoto properties to be sold at auction

Items from former Kawamoto properties to be sold at auction

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Much has been said about eccentric Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto and the controversial statues of nudes that were on some of his Kahala properties. Now that the properties are owned by Alexander and Baldwin, they're being sold at auction.

Kawamoto had purchased several Kahala homes, which he allowed to become decrepit. But he also bought a lot of things to put in those homes.

"Anything from marble and bronze statues, to decor, furniture pieces, porcelain items, even area rugs, really practical stuff like that," said Alicia Brandt of Oahu Auctions.

They're all going on the auction block, more than 500 items in all.

The items have been gathered at a former Kawamoto mansion at 4631 Kahala Avenue, where the auction will take place next week Saturday.

One room was filled with what were described as museum quality reproductions, including vases, small sculptures and pottery.

There's also furniture, some of it interesting.

"These are leather chairs with -- looks like a cowhide over them," said Brandt, walking through another room.

Auctioneers said there's something for everyone, including fine china, lamps, dining room and bedroom sets, rattan pieces and mirrors. There are also kitchen items, including a stove. And everything must go.

Attorney and Kahala resident Richard Turbin -- no friend of Kawamoto's -- is glad to see it go.

"As far as I'm concerned, the more of Kawamoto's legacy that we can get rid of, via auction, donation or otherwise, the better off we all are," he said.

Kawamoto won't be getting any of the money from the auction. He remains in Tokyo, awaiting trial on tax evasion charges.

Oahu Auctions said there are so many items, it expects to take all day to sell it all.

One possible bidder: Richard Turbin.

"You showed me some of those European vases -- they're beautiful," he said. "If the price is right, why not pick up a pretty antique 17th century French vase?"

The auction is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at 4631 Kahala Avenue. Items can be previewed there starting at 8 a.m.

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