LOS ANGELES — Design was in mind at John Moran Auctioneers‘ ReDesigned auction, which took place on July 19. The sale, which contained more than 200 lots, featured modern and contemporary furniture, fine and decorative art, a collection of vintage copper weathervanes, and a variety of lighting in the form of chandeliers, lamps and more than 20 units of Christian Liaigre wall sconces.
The auction started rolling with a Lapis Blue 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SL in pristine condition, with an immaculate camel leather interior, original wheels and both its hard top and its soft top. From an estimate of $12,000-$18,000, the car raced to $18,750.
The energy in the room remained strong when a standout in the category of contemporary art came up for bid — the 2014 Andrew Martin Designs work Jean Shrimpton Astronaut, after an image by Richard Avedon. The photo print on canvas was not only impressive in size, its pink neon fixture attached added a fun, funky element to the whole. Assigned a modest estimate of $300-$500, it brought $3,438.
Among the lots of art and furniture there was a bit of rock-n-roll in the form of a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Jr. electric guitar. It boasted a red-finished solid body, nickeled deluxe tuners, a fitted vintage Gibson hard-side case, and it included a 1960s Gibson Minuteman GA-20RVT electric amp. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, this musical instrument achieved $8,750.
One of the most noteworthy highlights from the selection of modern furniture was a pair of Ray and Charles Eames Time Life desk chairs for Herman Miller, dating to 2017. Designed in 1961, each chair was made with black leather upholstery, a tufted seat and back and polished aluminum frames with castors. The pair sold for $3,575.
Also featured were modern and contemporary coffee tables, a favorite being a bronze ibex head coffee table attributed to Alain Chervet. This unique design, having an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, went on to realize $4,063.
Another category that sold briskly was that of large area rugs. The most colorful example in the lineup, a contemporary Fiona Curran Zap area rug fashioned from wool and designed for The Rug Company, bore an estimate of $1,500-$2,500. The polychrome radiating geometric pattern drew enough bidding attention to earn $6,250.
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