World Record Price For Proust's Armchair

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2015-06-26 10:35:57

World Record Price For Proust's Armchair

One of the true icons of post-modern design sold at Bonhams this week, when the 'Contemporary Two' sale featured 'Proust's Armchair' by Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini. The chair, created for an Italian exhibition in 1981, beat its estimate to sell for a World Record price.

The chair is a modern replica of an eighteenth-century armchair, covered by Mendini with a pattern taken from a painting by Paul Signac. It was commissioned by Studio Alchymia for an exhibition entitled Robot Sentimentale, which took place at the showrooms of Italian furniture company, MIM.

It was offered in the sale with an estimated price of £20,000 - £30,000, but surpassed this with ease to reach a world record price of £46,850.

Other notable sales included three chairs created by the British furniture designer Gerald Summers during the 1920s and 30s. The pieces had been built for the art deco country home of property developer Wilfred Randolph Brown, and sold respectively for £38,450, £32,450 and £27,500.

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