Monday, February 8, 2010

Italian Auction In Finnish

Today I got an email about a Ming vase at auction.

" An Italian auction
A Chinese Ming vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euros. Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros. (The exchange rate today is 1 Euro = $1.54.) Within seconds, the bid stalls at one million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that prevails in the room.The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euros."Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself. The auctioneer is exuberant. The pace is fast. The conclusion? Priceless."

While everything about this video says it was an Italian auction, the auctioneer is speaking Finnish. I guess having the auction done in Finnish makes up for the operas being in Italian so people don't understand what's going on.

Wasn't able to get the embed code from the e-mail attachment, so I went to YouTube and put Italian Auction in the search block and this video titled "Italian Auction" was one of the ones that came up.

Turns out it is an ad for aspirin, but if they can't get the country right, why would I buy their product???

Update: Turns out this is an ad from Finland for aspirin. The ad won a bronze in the 2008 Epica Awards . Whoever gave it the tag "Italian Auction" is the Idiot not the company doing the ad.


  1. Oh, so THAT's Finnish! I would have never been able to tell, of course. Too funny!

  2. oh man, I didn't see that coming..cracked up laughing

  3. I saw that about six months ago. As I recall the link wuz sent to me in an email.

  4. Going by the url that flashes briefly, the ad was made to run on Finnish television. It ends in .fi.


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