Polishing and punishing?

3 10 2022

Back in August PPT posted on the effort to curry royal favor while promoting the monarchy by the exceptionally active royal posterior polisher and fabulously wealthy Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi. He’d got hold of a bag full of “commemorative” Royal Limited Edition Leica M10-P cameras and was flogging them off “for charity” while “celebrating the Royal Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn.”

Clipped from Digital Camera World

The Bangkok Post reports on the outcome. It says that 22 charities will receive “214 million baht from the auction for [the] 22 Royal Limited Edition … cameras…”. In fact, 21 were auctioned, with another to be sold in Singapore.

The auction results are listed:

Four yellow cameras:

  • 25 million baht for Friend in Need (of “PA”) Volunteers Foundation, Thai Red Cross
  • 20 million baht for Phatcharasutha Khachanurak Foundation under Royal Patronage, Ratchathan Pansuk Foundation, and Phubodin Foundation under Royal Patronage
  • 16 million baht for Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage
  • 15 million baht for Foundation for the Crown Prince Hospitals

17 green cameras:

  • 15 million baht for MDCU Foundation (the foundation organised by the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University)
  • 12 million baht for  Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Foundation
  • 11 million baht for Chaipattana Foundation
  • 10 million baht for General Prem Tinsulanonda Statesman Foundation
  • 9.5 million baht for Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under Royal Patronage
  • 9 million baht for Police General Hospital Foundation under Royal Patronage
  • 8.5 million baht for Unicef Thailand
  • 8.5 million baht for Suan Dok Hospital Foundation
  • 8 million baht for Phramongkutklao Hospital Foundation
  • 7 million baht for Ramathibodi Foundation
  • 7 million baht for Siriraj Foundation
  • 6.5 million baht for The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand
  • 5.5 million baht for the To Be Number One project
  • 5.5 million baht for Chulabhorn Research Institute Foundation
  • 5 million baht for the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Scholarship Foundation
  • 5 million baht Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage
  • 5 million baht for Queen Savang Vadhana Foundation

We are kind of amused by this. Aren’t all the cameras much the same? So why the price differences in each category? Can we assume that 25 million for the Red Cross is somehow more appealing than the Crown Prince Hospitals? For the green cameras, is it that foundations most associated with the royal family got lower bids than for other foundations? Or are we missing something?



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