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All things Eames on the block April 8 in Chicago

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Eames fans might want to look into airfare to Chicago for an upcoming auction of the Eames Design Archive of John and Marilyn Neuhart on April 8 at the Wright auction house.

The sale will feature Eames classics such as LAX molded fiberglass chairs (estimated between $500 and $700) or the iconic lounge chair and ottoman, ($3,000 to $5,000), as well as unusual ephemera such as a cloud backdrop (estimated between $5,000 and $7,000) and a Herman Miller stock certificate ($200-$300). 

626_1 The Neuharts chronicled the work of Charles and Ray Eames for more than 30 years, amassing more than 100 binders of photographs, copies, negatives and clippings. The archive collection (estimated between $150,000 and $200,000) includes: Eames House records, Eames Design records, Eames photo collection, Eames office graphics, Connections exhibition records, Eames films, Mathematica exhibition records and an IBM inventory.

Wright, which specializes in 20th and 21st century design auctions, is based in Chicago, but you can bid via e-mail, phone or fax. For more information on how to bid, click here

The collection preview runs March 29 through April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The auction takes place on April 8 at 10 a.m. PDT. To view the lots, click here.

Wright is also accepting consignments of other Eames items for this sale. Contact consign@wright20.com or call (312) 563-0020.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Wright

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Why aren't they donating the archives to some library? Dispersing such a collection seems very wrong. What's the real story here--do they need the money?


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