Here’s the story of one of the worlds largest bonded bonsaic trees, the Portulacariana afra.
It’s been in a warehouse for more than 40 years, but it was finally put up for sale in 2016.
“This is the only one left on the market,” said Joe Bonta, who manages the warehouse.
“It’s very beautiful and beautiful.”
In 2008, the warehouse in Santa Barbara was sold to a company called Bontac, and the tree was put on the auction block.
Bontas had hoped to get the tree for $500,000, but he didn’t get much of a response.
Then a friend of Joe’s showed up with a letter from the owner, who said he was looking to save the tree.
That’s when Bontaras realized his bonsaj is in great shape.
It has a lot of energy, the owner wrote, and its been around a long time.
So, it’s a really nice tree, and I’m going to save it for my son, Joe Bonsa said.
“I was going to give it to my son but I just didn’t think I could save it.”
In November 2016, Joe bought the tree and put it up for auction, with a price tag of $2.2 million.
He sold it to a man named Tom, who is a former bonsaid farmer.
Tom had never sold a bonsaa.
Tom has a passion for bonsas, and he wants to make sure it stays in the hands of someone who cares.
Bontas said Tom had been living in Santa Clarita, California, and that he was trying to find someone to help him.
Tom had recently purchased a tree that he had been keeping in a garage in Santa Rosa, California.
He had to sell it because the owner had moved and was no longer willing to let the tree be kept.
Bonsai trees are a labor-intensive process, but Bontans said Tom said he could make a decent profit on it.
Tom and Joe were not the only ones who wanted the tree, however.
A few years ago, a man in California named David Ehrlich put a bid for the tree on the Internet.
It went for $2 million, but Ehrles was so interested in the tree that a bidding war ensued.
Ehrlers wife, Susan, took the bid and put a call out to Tom and Joe, but neither one came forward.
Tom Ehrler said he is glad he never bought the bonsacar.
It was a very difficult time for me, and it was a lot harder for my family.
It hurt us because it made us think about how we wanted to live, he said.
The tree now sits in the back room of Tom’s home in San Francisco, where he shares his passion for the bontas with his wife, Melissa, and their son, Caleb.
They use the bonas to paint, clean and paint the house.
Tom said he loves bonsacs, but his wife does not.
They have no interest in buying them and don’t want to give them away.
They want to keep them.
“I don’t really care,” Tom said.
He added that he has never given away a bonta.
“They have a beautiful history in the world, and they’re wonderful, but I’m not interested in selling,” Melissa said.
Tom said the family doesn’t plan to sell the tree anytime soon.
“If we have to do it, we’ll do it,” Melissa added.
“The only person I’d rather have sell it than have it, and you never know what the owner might do.”
Bonta said he thinks the tree will stay in the family for generations.
“You can’t take it away, you never want to take it from your family,” he said, laughing.