Modern Visionaries: The Yurcik Collection, a dedicated auction of modern and contemporary design assembled by Joseph and Sheila Yurcik, exceeded pre-sale estimates, bringing $1,492,375. Strong results were achieved for American design legends, Paul Evans, George Nakashima and Harry Bertoia. Paul Evans’ “Sculpture Front” Cabinet reached almost double its estimate with a sale price of $269,000, achieving a record at auction for the artist. The cover lot of the catalogue, a Paul Evans “Sculpture Front” Wall Panel, doubled estimate, selling for $149,000 (est. $50/70,000) while his “Wavy Front” Cabinet brought $155,000 (est. $60/80,000). A magnificent free-form “Minguren II” coffee table by George Nakashima sold over estimate at $197,000 (est. $100/150,000) and a large-scale “Sound Sculpture” by Harry Bertoia fetched $100,000.
Joseph and Sheila Yurcik began collecting modern and contemporary design in the early 1990s. The Yurciks “selected” more than they “collected,” which is readily apparent in the artistry and extraordinary quality of their acquisitions. The core of the collection comprises masterworks by the three American design visionaries, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans and George Nakashima, exemplified here by a a magnificent free-form Buckeye Maple burl coffee table and a striking “Sculpture Front” wall panel. The collection also features a strong range of Scandinavian and contemporary design.