Our sale of Design at Sotheby’s London achieved a total of £2,571,125 (est. £2,234,700-3,153,500). The auction was led by a record for Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche armchair, which fetched £269,000 (est. £150,000-200,000). An enchanting icon of contemporary design, Kuramata’s piece is named after the main protagonist in Tennessee William’s A Street Car Named Desire. Italian-born American artist Harry Bertoia’s beautifully delicate Dandelion sculpture, dreamed up after a visit to his native Italy, exceeded its pre-sale high estimate to sell for £245,000.
The very best in design returns to Sotheby’s London in a dedicated sale taking place at New Bond Street on 4 November 2015. Showcasing ground-breaking post-war and contemporary design by the most influential designers of the 20th and 21st-centuries, the auction includes key pieces by Harry Bertoia, Ferdinand and Humberto Campana, Franz West, Shiro Kuramata and Mark Newson. To ‘Switch On’ this new addition to the London calendar, the sale features a curated section that charts the history of lighting design from the 1920s to today.