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Wright auction results: Nakashima, Nelson, Prouvé

June 17, 2010 |  8:01 am

The results are in from the Important Design sale last week at the Chicago auction house Wright. We previewed some of the lots earlier. Here are some of the more notable bids, starting with: 

Wright_ProuveDesk George Nakashima's 1958 walnut-framed Origins lounge chair and ottoman, above, had been estimated to go for as much as $7,000. It sold for $5,000, the low end of the pre-auction estimate.

Meanwhile the Jean Prouvé desk, right, had been estimated at $40,000 to $50,000. Standard Desk, No. 21, a 1940s design constructed of enameled steel, oak and limestone, ultimately sold for $57,500.

For more results, including eye-popping prices for a Michael Graves tea set and George Nelson clock, keep reading ...


This early 1980s Michael Graves-designed tea service sold for $20,000 in the Wright auction. The pre-auction estimate was just $7,000 to $9,000.  The tray, coffee pot, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl with spoon are sterling silver, glass, plastic and enameled aluminum.


A Gaetano Pesce light fixture that we blogged about before the auction sold for $6,250.

A Diamond sofa, circa 1953 by Gio Ponti, had been estimated at $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $60,000.


A 1959 Whirlygig table clock, Model 2268, by George Nelson & Associates was estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $11,250.

A one-of-a-kind 1964 Alexander Girard clock, 18 inches in diameter and made of enameled steel and brass, was estimated at $7,000 to $9,000. It sold for $9,375.

A lot consisting of Jean Prouvé beds dating to 1942 and 1951 was estimated at $7,000 to $9,000. The lot sold for $17,500.

An untitled Harry Bertoia bush sculpture  -- 3 feet, 6 inches tall, with hundreds of tiny points emanating from the core -- was estimated at $300,000 to $500,000. Bids ultimately did not meet the reserve, and the piece did not sell.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos: Thea Dickman / Wright

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