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Weekend estate sale in a 1958 John Lautner house

October 22, 2009 |  2:10 pm

John Lautner house

As someone who has been suckered by handmade signs proclaiming an "estate sale" only to discover a garage and yard filled with junk, I was thrilled to get a heads-up from Lloyd Gordon of LG Estate Sales about this weekend's moving sale. It's at the 1958 Hatherall House that modernist architect John Lautner built in Shadow Hills, a neighborhood north of the Burbank airport. As a fan of Lautner designs and a midcentury decor hound, I have just three words: See you there.

First, you've got the historic concrete block house, which was recently listed as a Home of the Week by the real estate editors at The Times. Then you've got the sale, which features possessions from the owners' "lifetime of collecting," Gordon says. That means an array of period-correct vintage and reissued midcentury designs. The circular great room, above, features two sets of designer Warren Platner's classic wire base dining table and armchairs and a Boomerang sofa from Futurama. (See more items after the jump.)

Fair warning: With a mailing list of more than 1,500 names, including designers, set decorators such as Ellen Brill of  "Nip/Tuck" and actors such as T. R. Knight, the estate sale has prices that start on the high side. The Platner sets will start at $8,000 each and the Boomerang sofa is $850, but offers are encouraged, particularly toward the end of the sale. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 10160 Maude St. Off-site parking signs will be posted, and a shuttle van will run to the property. An independent trucking company will be on hand to offer bids on moving furniture. 

Check out the prices on Verner Panton, George Nelson and Arne Jacobsen designs after the jump.

LG Estate Sales

From left: Arne Jacobsen's 1958 Egg chair and ottoman, which sells for nearly $8,000 through Design Within Reach, is listed at $3,000 at this weekend's LG estate sale. A reissued George Nelson Ball clock will be $125, and Verner Panton's Heart chair is $1,850.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: LG Estate Sales