Massive collection of Hawaiian artifacts to go up for auction in Paris

Published: Mar. 9, 2017 at 1:18 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 10:19 PM HST
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PARIS, France (HawaiiNewsNow) - A rare collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts will be going up for auction in Paris.

The French auction house Aguttes will auction off the 1,100 items of the Rainer Werner Bock Collection at its Neuilly-sur-Seine shop from April 5 through 7.

According to Aguttes, it's the biggest collection of Hawaiian artifacts outside the Bishop Museum.

Items include a flag and a spear collected by Captain Cook during his third expedition in 1779 and 1780 (whose estimated worth is nearly $83,000) as well as a war helmet, flag from the Hawaiian monarchial period, fishing hooks, a pahu war drum and feather ornament necklace.

Mark Blackburn, who calls himself one of the biggest collectors of Polynesian and Hawaiian artifacts, said it's common to see large collections of Hawaiian artifacts in places across Europe.

"Missionaries traveled all over the world," Blackburn said. "Sea captains, whalers, early explorers. So I've found great Hawaiian treasures [outside of Hawaii]."

The artifacts in the collection could fetch as much as $2 million at auction.

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