FURS,PROFITS,FOREIGN TRADE: New King of Beasts

FURS

For over a year, the U.S. fur industry has speculated about a strange new fur, a lustrous platinum mink with a soft blue overtone. Many a furrier was not certain whether it was a worthless freak or a Comstock lode for U.S. fur breeders.

Last week, weather-beaten, rawboned ranchers and plumpish, pale-faced fur buyers jampacked a downtown Manhattan show room to find the answer at the first auction of the new fur. After two tense hours, the answer was in. The new fur (trade name "Silverblu" platinum) had edged out Russian sable to...

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