19 June 2020

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Phillips’ Live Auctions Resume with the Design Sale

Realising £5.3 Million, 33% above the Pre-Sale High Estimate

 

New Auction Records Set for Edmund de Waal, Mario Gottardi, and

Gino Sarfatti/BBPR, Among Others

 

London, 19 June 2020

Sale Total: £5,323,750/ $6,592,932/ €5,884,873

 

Lots Sold: 163 | Lots Offered: 175    

    Sold by Lot: 95% | Sold by Value: 98%

 

 

Phillips Auctioneers Henry Highley and Rebecca Tooby-Desmond take the Design auction from the new purpose-built virtual saleroom in London.

 

Phillips’ live auctions resumed in London with a record-breaking Design sale on Friday 19 June. Originally scheduled to take place in March, the auction was held in Phillips’ new purpose-built saleroom at 30 Berkeley Square. The virtual auction room, with live streaming online to an international network of bidders, as well as a video wall connecting Phillips’ specialists from around the world, saw collectors from 38 countries placing bids in real time over the phone, online and via the Phillips App. The interest from clients during the preview and throughout the auctions was unprecedented, reflecting huge pent up demand and resulting in a sale total of £5,323,750, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of £4 million.

 

Domenico Raimondo, Head of Design, Europe and Senior International Specialist, said, “Restarting our live auctions with a sale total of £5.3 million and sell-through rates of 98% by value and 95% by lot gives a strong and positive message to the market. During the sale, as works were soaring above their estimates, I felt uplifted for our clients who placed trust in us with their properties. We saw strong competition across all categories, with world auction records for Edmund de Waal, Mario Gottardi and Gino Sarfatti/BBPR among others. I am proud to be part of the team that curated this exceptional and varied sale and for making a full-scale preview and live auction possible. The rapid digital advancements that Phillips has made in recent weeks provided a seamless experience for clients, proving technology can bring people closer to great works of art and design. Live sales will continue to be a cornerstone of our business and we look forward to the coming weeks with great optimism and excitement.”

 

 

Top Ten Lots

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

58

Claude Lalanne, Unique low table, 1998

£250,000 - 350,000

£312,500

$387,000 /€345,438

22

Shiro Kuramata, ‘Miss Blanche’ chair, designed 1988, executed 1991

£200,000 - 300,000

£250,000

$309,600 /€276,350

24

Gino Sarfatti and Studio BBPR, Unique ceiling light, designed for a private commission, Turin, circa 1962

£60,000 - 80,000

£225,000

$278,640 /€248,715

60

Alberto Giacometti, ‘Tête de femme’ table lamp, designed circa 1934, later cast

£100,000 - 150,000

£225,000

$278,640 /€248,715

54

Jean Dunand, Set of three nesting tables, circa 1925

£120,000 - 150,000

£200,000

$247,680 /€221,080

51

Marc Newson, ‘Orgone’ chair, 1993

£200,000 - 300,000

£187,500

$232,200 /€207,263

23

Edmund de Waal, ‘Kamen’, 2012

World Auction Record for the Artist

£150,000 - 200,000

£150,000

$185,760 /€165,810

42

Hans Coper, Cycladic arrow form, circa 1975

£40,000 - 60,000

£93,750

$116,100 /€103,631

12

Mario Gottardi, Rare executive desk, designed for a lawyer's office, Turin, circa 1945

World Auction Record for the Artist

£10,000 - 15,000

£91,250

$113,004 /€100,868

78

Axel Johann Salto, Unique vase in 'Den Spirende Stil' (The Sprouting Style), 1942

 

£30,000 - 40,000 

 

£87,500

$108,360 /€96,723

 

New Auction Records

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

12

Mario Gottardi, Rare executive desk, designed for a lawyer's office, Turin, circa 1945

£10,000 - 15,000

£91,250

$113,004 /€100,868

 

*previous record price: 8,450 set in 2019

21

Giovanni Ferrabini, Unique prototype desk, 1950s

£6,000 - 8,000 

 

£40,000

$49,536 /€44,216

 

*previous record price: £31,700 set in 2007

23

Edmund de Waal, ‘Kamen’, 2012

£150,000 - 200,000

£150,000

$185,760 /€165,810

 

*previous record price: £118,750 set in 2019

32

Seguso, Ceiling light, 1950s

 

£6,000 - 8,000 

£56,250

$69,660 /€62,179

 

*previous record price: £43,750 set in 2019

92

Carl Halier and Knud Andersen, Large lidded vase on stand, 1938

£12,000 - 18,000

£22,500

$27,864 /€24,872

 

*previous record price: £15,000 set in 2013

156

Vittorio Gregotti, Table lamp, circa 1973

£5,000 - 7,000 

£11,250

$13,932 /€12,436

 

*previous record price: $19,200 set in 2006

175

Lumenform, Set of three rare ‘Vanesia’ wall lights, circa 1970

£6,000 - 8,000 

£37,500

$46,440 /€41,453

 

*previous record price: $16,250 set in 2014

           

 

 

 

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

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