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LAMA announces the most important selection of California design ever offered in one auction
Raymond Loewy, Avanti, Studebaker, 1963. Model 63R2 (Supercharged). Provenance: Raymond Loewy, Palm Springs; Dennis Boses, Los Angeles; Gene Watson , Washington DC; Private Collection, Los Angeles. Est: $60,000-80,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ (LAMA) December 11, 2011 Important Modern Art & Design Auction will present the most important selection of California Design to ever be offered at auction. Examples include prototypes and personally commissioned,unique works each with strong provenance and rarity.

Highlights include exceptionally important examples from nearly every major movement of the 20th century:

• 1907: Greene & Greene linen press: The most significant cabinet ever offered at auction

• 1925: Armand-Albert Rateau dining chair: The lost and (previously thought destroyed) chair from the set now in the permanent collection of The Legion of Honor

• 1932: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings "Sans Epoch" tables: Commissioned for Hilda Weber's landmark "Casa Encantada"

• 1945: Charles and Ray Eames: MoMA prototype chair produced prior to December 1945. The only such example of the couples' work ever offered for sale

• 1940's: Richard Neutra custom table and chair

• 1952: Charles and Ray Eames unique commissioned table and cabinet

• 1957: Gertrud and Otto Natzler monumental vase

• 1962: Raymond Loewy's personal Studebaker Avanti car

• 1965: Sam Maloof unique cabinet designed for Edward Fickett, F.A.I.A.

• 1978: Frank Gehry unique commissioned desk

• 1980's: Beatrice Wood monumental and unique ceramic tile table: from the artist's own collection

• 1990: Roy McMakin Domestic furniture

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA: “This auction presents a very real opportunity to acquire a special piece that may never be offered again and will surely be coveted for ages to come. We at LAMA are very proud of this selection of California Design, not just because of the superb examples like the Greene & Greene cabinet or the Charles Eames MoMA prototype chair, but mostly we are proud that we are fast becoming the auction house of choice for rare and significant examples of Modernism.”

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