Auction Recap: Wright Mass Modern 06.21.08

Auction Recap: Wright Mass Modern 06.21.08

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Janel Laban
Jun 23, 2008

So much fun - this might have to become our new hobby. I dragged (not really - they were cool) my family to the Wright Mass Modern auction on Saturday. We arrived promptly at 10 and expected to stay for an hour and before we knew it - 3 hours had flown by. Jump below for photos and a quick recap of the auction:

First of all, Richard Wright was super - his style throughout the auction was laid back, very dry and funny, yet totally clear and professional. You could track everything that was going on, making the action fun to follow and really quite exciting. Who knew we'd all be cracking up at a modern design auction?

There was plenty to see on the main floor - it was a little slice of 20th century design history - great to walk through and so interesting to see the pieces that we reviewed ahead in the catalog in person. Some items totally knocked our socks off "live" but less so in their photos, whereas a few others were the exact opposite - less exciting "in the flesh". It was a real mixed bag on that front, but overall, the quality was good and for a design fan, so much fun to poke through and check it all out up close.

These lamps were fabulous...and sold for $2040...to a phone bidder.

The woman sitting next to us had the winning bid on this Jere wall piece...$240. Nice!

A very expensive stack of Fornasetti plates...these sold for $6000.

and..an even more expensive stack of skate decks...by Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. Sold separately to phone bidders for over $11,000 total.

A few really good deals were also had: a BEAUTIFUL Directional room divider (shown here) went for $330, two Max Bill clocks for $150, a grouping of 38 modern prints & posters was $337, a super sweet round French table sold for $120 and a really great looking Shultz daybed for $420.

As for us, we came home empty handed - our attendance this auction was purely spectator sport. Our dream item that we wish we bid on? This Ellsworth Kelly print - it was remarkably lovely in person. Some lucky absentee bidder will sure to be smiling as they unwrap it.

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