Big Business: 20th Century Design Hunting on 1st Dibs

Big Business: 20th Century Design Hunting on 1st Dibs

Janel Laban
Jul 19, 2007

We were digging around on 1st Dibs yesterday and came across some surprising info...

It seems that THE place to buy 20th century design these days is online. The total sales of pieces sold through 1st Dibs is more than the sales at several major auction houses combined.

Check out the BIG numbers below the jump:

For 2006 at 1st Dibs:
Total sales reported $152,250,000
20th century design $114,000,000
19th century and earlier $38,250,000

Total items listed 45,970
Total items sold 23,167

The founder of 1st Dibs, Michael Bruno, goes on to show the 2006 sales numbers for 20th century pieces from Christies, Sotheby's, Wright (yay Chicago!), and Philips, de Pury & Co, as presented in the April issue of Art and Auction:

We use 1st Dibs often to help put together Scavengers and do research, but haven't made a purchase through them -- did any AT readers bring home one of the 23,167 items sold last year??

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