Preview of billionaire's art collection to be sold at bargain basement pricesUPDATED 10:17 PM HST Nov 22, 2013Video Transcript
Tomorrow morning, the public will have a chance to buy up art pieces once belonging to Genshiro Kawamoto. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa went inside one of his former Kahala mansions, for a preview. Tigers ... lions..and antlers ..oh my... 10 IT'S PHENOMENAL IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF A KIND. WE HAVEN'T DEALT WITH AN AUCTION LIKE THIS ON OAHU OF THIS MAGNITUDE BEFORE 18 Massive bronze and granite lion statues ...estimated to have cost up to 30-thousand dollars. These white Marble statues...15-thousand dollars a piece. All remnants of Genshiro Kawamoto's unrealized dream of grand sculpture gardens in Kahala. The billionaire could sometimes be found among them, with gardening gloves and a smile. SOT KAWAMOTO 57:25 MY MUSEUM, NO PUBLIC But after Kawamoto ran tax envasion problems with the Japanese government - he sold most of his Kahala portfolio to Alexander and Baldwin, and these pricey pieces came with it. 213 ITEMS ARE CERTAINLY UNIQUE BROUGHT IN FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD EUROPE, ITALY FRANCE A LOT OF ITEMS FROM ASIA AS WELL 25 His costly collection will all be SOLD to the highest bidder!... for most likely a FRACTION of the price. 54 ITS ALL RELIANT ON THE CROWD AND WHOS GOING TO SHOW UP AND HOW DESIRABLE ONE ITEM IS SO IF YOU HAD ONE DESIRABLE ITEM AND TWO BIDDERS THATS ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE THE PRICES GO UP SO WE ARE HOPING FOR A GOOD CROWD 107 More than 500 people are expected to show up.. To bid on the more than 600 pieces ... The auction begin in the entry way - and MAZE through more than 4 rooms of the mansion. Each room full of unique pieces...ending with the most expensive pieces spilling out in the front yard. The auction starts at 9:30 tomorrow. It's open to the public..people are invited to go earlier at 8 to review the items first. Head to KITV.com for all the details.