Record-breaking noma restaurant auction enjoys 5-star results

Pair of SPACE Copenhagen Spine lounge chairs, Fredericia, lacquered oak and leather. Price realized: $7,800. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – Over 500 bidders from 17 countries competed for the furnishings, tableware and decorative objects from the original interior of noma, the pioneering Copenhagen restaurant noma. The sale brought in nearly double the initial estimate for an impressive total of $610,431. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

There was incredible interest in the Danish ceramic pieces from the Würtz studio, led by a floor vase selling for $11,250. The 133 lots featuring items from their studio sold for triple the low estimate achieving total sales of $155,000.

 

Monumental glazed ceramic floor vase by Aage and Kasper Würtz studio, Denmark, 37in. high x 19in. in diameter. Price realized: $11,250. Wright image

 

Seating from the restaurant also sold well with results averaging at more than $2,000 per dining chair with the custom table designed by SPACE Copenhagen and used for shared dining by noma bringing in $16,250.

 

Shared dining table from noma’s main dining room, SPACE Copenhagen, Denmark, wood and iron,
118in. wide x 37in. deep x 28.75 in. high. Price realized: $16,250. Wright image

 

Pairs of spine lounge chairs by SPACE Copenhagen sold to LiveAuctioneers bidders for $7,800 and $6,300.

Interest in the sale remained strong throughout the nearly nine-hour auction with later lots such as the set of four Daghorn knives achieving prices as high as $1,062.

 


Sets of four Daghorn knives, France, stainless steel and wood, 9in., sold for as much as $1,062. Wright image

 

Single noma aprons sold for $438 to $625.

 

Single aprons from the famous restaurant for as much as $625 apiece. Embroidered with the noma name at the top, the cotton aprons were made in Denmark by Kentaur. Each one had a single pocket to the bib interior. Wright image

 

Only a few lots failed to sell, with a 99 percent sell-through rate by lot.