Wrights Design auction on October 17, 2013 featured nearly 400 lots of outstanding 20th century design. The auction sold 83% by lot and 90% by value, achieving a total of $3.2 million.
Particularly compelling were works by George Nakashima from the collection of Dr. John Sellers (Lots 100-123). Consigned by the original owner, the collection achieved in total of over $625,000. Outstanding among this collection is an Important Minguren I coffee table, crafted of Carpathian elm burl (Lot 107). This significant design achieved $123,700, over twice its low estimate.
The dark horse lot of the auction was a table lamp by Angelo Lelli (Lot 217). Estimated at $2,000-3,000, the lamp sold for $17,500, demonstrating the enormous popularity of Italian lighting design.
The top lot of the auction was This Mortal Coil, a steel bookcase by contemporary designer Ron Arad (Lot 285). Estimated at $50,000-70,000, This Mortal Coil sold for $134,500, a record price for this form. Other works which performed well in the Design auction include:
Lot 101: George Nakashima, Kevin table. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Result: $52,500.
Lot 125: Harry Bertoia, untitled (Multi-Plane Construction). Estimate: $70,000-90,000. Result: $86,500
Lot 195: Gino Sarfatti, floor lamp, model 1063. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Result: $36,250.
Lot 231: Franco Albini, rare Mitragliera floor lamp. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Result: $69,700.
Lot 297: Joaquim Tenreiro, pair of Light armchairs. Estimate: $7,000-9,000. Result: $17,500./
Lot 344: Pierre Jeanneret, pair of lounge chairs from Chandigarh. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Result: $40,000.
Lot 346: Pierre Jeanneret, dining table from the Cafeteria of the PGI Hospital, Chandigarh. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Result: $50,000.
Lot 385: Ingrid Dessau, Diagonals carpet. Estimate: $15,000-20,000. Result: $25,000.
Lot 403: Isamu Noguchi, Rudder coffee table, model IN-52. Result: $37,500.
Wrights next auction will be Scandinavian Design, which is still the only auction in North America dedicated to the works of designers from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The Scandinavian Design auction will take place on November 14, 2013 at 12 PM Central Time. All lots are illustrated in our award-winning catalog and online at www.wright20.com