December 3, 2000
The December 3, 2000 20th Century Design and Fine Art Auction featured an array of iconic modern designs by masters such as Arne Jacobsen, Charles & Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, and Frank Lloyd Wright. At 589 lots, this was one LAMA’s largest auctions to date.
The auction featured an important sculpture by Claire Falkenstein entitled Point as a Set (Lot 559 est. $1,100 – 1,400, realized $4,887.50). In addition to classic designs such as Arne Jacobsen’s “Egg” chair and ottoman (Lot 1 est. $3,000 – 3,500, realized $2,875), LAMA offered custom designs such as a Frank Lloyd Wright dining suite designed for the Broad Margin Plantation in Greenville, South Carolina in 1951 (Lot 174 est. $40,000 – 50,000, realized $74,000). A truly remarkable set of three lots, LAMA offered the photography equipment of Julius Shulman (Lots 258 – 260, realizing about $10,000).
In this sale, 200 lots of fine art from a former corporate art collection were offered, a majority of the items at no reserve. Renowned photographer, designer, and painter, Herbert Bayer was also the company’s consultant in charge of acquiring art for the company’s offices across America. From Max Bill’s deceptively simple painting Field of Four Colors (Lot 518 est. $3,600 – 6,000, realized $11,500) to Pedro Friedeberg’s drawing A Pesar de Multiples Esfuerzos (Lot 560, realized $776.25), the collection exhibited bold graphic qualities like richness of color, strength of line, and simplicity of shape.