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Los Angeles Modern Auctions sees fierce bidding on designs by Ettore Sottsass, Mathias Goeritz, others

March 8, 2011 |  9:03 pm

Los Angeles Modern Auctions' sale this week drew strong bidding on a range of designs, including (clockwise from top): Venini Murano window panels from a Malibu estate, a Rudolph Schindler side chair, Architectural Pottery planters, an Ettore Sottsass rug and a Richard Schultz Petal table.

Sottsass pieces that formed the heart of the auction did particularly well, fetching nearly $20,000 for a headboard, more than $13,000 for an '80s-rific mirror and more than $30,000 for a single Sottsass vase. Other surprises: A pair of Enzo Mari stone bowls estimated at $200 to $300 eventually sold for $7,187.50. A set of four Mathias Goeritz sculptures -- none taller than 10 inches -- were estimated at $3,000 to $4,000 but ultimately sold for $28,125. Meanwhile, a Paul McCobb coffee table and Santiago Calatrava chairs sold for less than their estimates.

You can review highlights in our photo gallery of LAMA results.

About 82% of the lots sold at auction, LAMA said. And the 18% for which bidding never reached the reserve, the minimum price the seller was willing to accept? If you missed out on the bidding the first time around, you've got a second chance. Those pieces are being offered now, at fixed prices posted this afternoon.


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