The Auction Of The Grand Bazaar

58Refi Cevat Ulunay gives special information while he talks about Sandal Bedestan in one of his articles in 1962: “Hand woven fabrics used to be sold in Sandal Bedestan in the past. After the 19th century when the European fabrics invaded the markets in the country, those baldachins and silks were gone more and more. Since they have lost their value, they are treated as antiques, framed and hung on the walls of our living rooms. Bedestan is not only a trading place; but also a beautiful art galleıy. There are nice paintings, knick knacks and work of arts that appeal to everyone.” “Sandal Bedestan took its current shape for aLıctioning by Mayor Cemi! Topuzlu Pasha. Cemi! Pasha got this idea from the Auction palace called “Druo Hall” in Paris. Druo Hall is the galleıy of amazing Europeans things. Between the two wars, goods which were worth millions were brought to this palace eveıy day and sold. The following day the same amount of goods were being displayed and sold. Even the non-shoppers used to obtain information by window-shop with curiosity. The appraisers consist of very knowledgeable ones who were known as “experts” by the government. I had seen some changes in Sandal Bedestan during my last visit: A bronze chandelier with fifteen columns is hung in the big lobby right in the midelle of the aLıction halis. In the Furniture Hall there is a cıystal chandelier with six columns, and again in the jewelıy Hall there is a Bohemian chandelier. If more help was provided for Sandal Beclestan, the revenue would increase in the same rate. This is a matter of “kinci character” and “goocl taste”. The showcases anel clisplayecl merchanclise must be arranged comely and even clecoı·atecl witlı ornaments. Criers must have loucl and nice voices. In an auction, crier makes the merchandise shine, accelerates the sale and make customers willingly pay their money. I have to mention another defect:

There is no catalog for rugs, knick knacks and paintings in Sandal Bedestan. The appraisers are brouglıt up from the crowcl. Of course they are nonplussed when they dea] with an impoıtant piece. If these problems get correctecl in time then this place would be an aLıction palace proper to İstanbul. T7Je iriformatian that master Ulunay gives is veıy heneficial, however it is veıy ohvious that his advices were not accoınplished Many of the goods that came )i-om neighhor countries to ours ıuere soldon ıuorkhenches in Beyazıt square. Most of theın ıuere sold ıvithout recognition and it is unlmown where they ıuere sold to. In 1915, Sandal Bedestan was arranged as an auction hall. T7Jis place was cal/ed “Sultan Auction” however I was not ahle to }Ind the reason. Sandan Bedestaıı is a spectacular hall with its acoustic, capaciousness, and histoı’ical atnıosphere. In 1980, this place, owned by the city hall, was closed. Each beııch and coluınn was rented. Later on, the General Directomte foı’ Fouııdatioııs purchased this place. The tmdesıneıı qfthe Bazaar are the same as the oııes in hedestan. They headed towards whatever is requested. The hedestaıı becaıne ııo dijferent than a local market in time. Jınitation t-shiı1s were hung on those beaut{ful coluınııs, distoı1ed stores are built and it turned into a dumpster. I have always dreamed the bedestan as an international auctioıı hall, a place that hosts galleries of paintings, statues, photography or a place where world faınous musicians peıform their aı’t. Eveıythiııg has a ıneaniııg when huınans aı’e involved, and eveıything is ıneaniııgless without theın.


Refi Cevat Ulunay

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