Did you know that the most expensive bonsai is worth “$2 million USD”? Insane, right?
In this article, I’ll take you on a tour of 15 most expensive bonsai trees in the world and their details. Keep reading.
Top 15 Most Expensive Bonsai Trees In The World
|1.||Kato Family’s Juniper||Japan||$2 million|
|2.||Oldest Pine Bonsai||Japan||$1.3 million|
|3.||Yamaki Pine||USA||$1 million|
|4.||Japanese Black Pine at Shunkaen Bonsai Museum||Japan||$1 million|
|6.||Five Needle Pine||Japan||$600,000|
|7.||Juniper at Shunkaen Bonsai Museum||Japan||$400,000|
|9.||Juniper at Taikan-ten||Japan||$180,000|
|10.||Japanese White Pine||Japan||$160,000|
|12.||Kimura’s Zelkova Bonsai||Japan||$106,000|
|13.||Kimura’s Japanese Black Pine Bonsai||Japan||$106,000|
|15.||Ficus Retusa Linn||Italy||$91,000|
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1. Kato Family’s Old Juniper, Japan: $2 million
This 1000 year old Juniper Bonsai is known to be one of the world’s oldest and rarest Bonsai. It can be found in the Mansei-en Bonsai nursery in Japan. It is owned by the Kato Family.
This Bonsai Tree is claimed to have been discovered in a Japanese forest. Then it was handed down to the Kato Family, who owns the Mansei-en Bonsai nursery. The family has been caring for it since the beginning. This Bonsai has been alive for over a century.
Juniper Bonsai is the most costly bonsai tree in the world, according to research. A 250-year-old Juniper Bonsai sold for $2 million in 1981. Is the pricing too good to be true?
2. Oldest Pine Bonsai Takamatsu, Japan: $ 1.2 Million
When you hear that it is the world’s largest tree, the first image that springs to mind is of a massive tree. The newborn bonsai tree, on the other hand, has earned this reputation. This tree doesn’t even have the length of a normal tree’s twig. The most expensive tree in the world is currently the oldest pine bonsai tree in Japan, which was purchased for $1.2 million at the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu, Japan.
Pine trees are among the most popular bonsai trees in the world, yet they are mostly liked by bonsai enthusiasts because they are not a good beginner option. Pine bonsai can be fashioned into practically every known bonsai style since pines come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
3. Yamaki Pine, USA: $1 Million
The Yamaki Pine has become one of the most well-known bonsai trees in the world since its true history was unearthed in 2001. Masaru Yamaki sent the bonsai tree to the United States as part of a 53-specimen gift for the country’s bicentennial in 1976, and it is a survivor of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.
The National Arboretum was ignorant of the tree’s history until two of Yamaki’s grandsons came to check on it in 2001.
Yamaki’s grandchildren provided the museum with information about the tree, including news video shot at the Yamaki Nursery following the explosion, which showed the tree standing tall in the background.
As the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima explosion approached in 2015, the National Arboretum paid tribute to the tree’s history.
4. Japanese Black Pine, Japan: $1 Million
There’s a Japanese Black Pine Bonsai at Shunkaen Bonsai Museum worth $1 million. Oof, these prices are making you sweat I assume.
5. Chinese Juniper, Japan: $750,000
This gem of a juniper bonsai plant is also a prized possession at the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum that is worth $750,000!
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6. Five Needle Pine Bonsai, Japan: $600,000
Japanese white pine trees, also known as five-needle pines, are among the world’s most expensive bonsai trees. With an estimated yearly height gain of about two feet, the five-needle pine is among the quickest growing bonsai trees in the world.
As a result, these trees grow to be among the tallest bonsai trees, which contributes to their high price tag. Most five-needle bonsai trees are years (or centuries) old, with one fetching $600,000 at an auction in Japan.
7. Juniper at Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, Japan: $400,000
Kunio Kobayashi owns and operates the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, which is home to a range of rare and old bonsai trees. This one is a unique tree recognised for its extraordinary age; the tree is estimated to be around 800 years old and valued at least $400,000.
8. Sargent Juniper Bonsai Tree, Japan: $350,000
At the Taikan-ten Bonsai exhibition in Kyoto, this extraordinarily expensive Bonsai tree was offered for sale (and was actually sold).
9. Juniper Bonsai at the Taikan-ten, Japan: $180,000
Every year in November, the Taikan-ten is held in Kyoto. The quality of the displayed Bonsai is extremely high. This bonsai was exhibited in the 39th Taikan-ten and was sold for $180,000.
The Taikan-ten is among the few traditional exhibits that includes displays of Bonsai, including scrolls and suiseki. But some current displays might be discovered as well.
10. Japanese White Pine, Japan: $160,000
The price of this Japanese white pine Bonsai is $160,000 USD!
11. Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai, Japan: $120,000
Seven bonsai trees, along with a 400-year-old shimpaku juniper, were stolen from a Japanese couple’s garden, leaving them heartbroken. The duo is pleading with the robbers to take proper care of them.
According to CNN, the trees were stolen from the couple’s garden in Saitama, near Tokyo, and are worth over $155,000 CAD. The 400-year-old shimpaku juniper tree alone, according to Fuyumi Iimura, wife of the bonsai expert who built the trees, is worth over $120,000.
12. Kimura’s Zelkova Bonsai, Japan: $106,000
Mr. Kimura’s work is one of the most well-known and influential Bonsai in Japan today. His garden is akin to a museum, and anyone who is familiar with Japanese Bonsai will recognise at least half of his collection from magazines and websites. This huge Zelkova is on sale at $106,000.
13. Kimura’s Japanese Black Pine Bonsai, Japan: $106,000
Also one of Kimura’s creations, this Japanese Black Pine bonsai sold for $106,000.
14. Pine Bonsai, Japan: $100,000
This beautiful pine bonsai sold for $100,000 in Japan!
15. Ficus Retusa Linn, Italy: $91,000
Closing this list with a bonsai that costs almost $100,000, with an estimated age of 1,000 years, the Ficus retusa Linn, which can be found at the Crespi Bonsai Museum in Italy, is thought to be the world’s oldest bonsai tree. The founder of the Crespi Bonsai Museum, Luigi Crespi, spent ten years attempting to acquire ownership of the bonsai tree before finally succeeding in 1986.
The tree had previously been cared for and sculpted by Chinese masters, and it was fashioned by Japanese bonsai artist Shotaro Kawahara during its first years in Italy. Since then, Crespi and Alberto Lavazza have been looking after the tree. The tree was installed in a glass pagoda and became the museum’s centerpiece after the Crespi Bonsai Museum opened in 1991.
What an unbelievable list of expensive bonsai trees! Did you even imagine the prices would be this high when you started reading? I know I didn’t. The bonsai trees need love and care, for a long period of time. You have to style the bonsai, maintain it, keep it well-fed and happy, and then after a long while, it turns into the most beautiful and glorious piece of nature that you can build.
This is the reason why bonsai trees are this expensive! We hope you enjoyed reading about these unique bonsai trees!
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