France's Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house is making an interesting move: As of today they've expanded their art auctions into a separate category of design, "for emerging colletors who feel priced out of the contemporary art market and see design as a more affordable field," as the Financial Times puts it.
Marc Newson is one of the better-known modern-day designers with an object on the roster, but we flipped through the 140-page illustrated catalog and found lighting by Massimo Vignelli, objects by Ettore Sottsass, Danish Modern classics from Hans J. Wegner, and more from Patrick Jouin, Arne Jacobsen, the Eameses and more. Most excitingly, "the market for Matali Crasset will be tested" with 21 pieces; you may remember we looked at the quirky designer's work here. [Ed. Note: We also recently announced that Crasset will be the jury captain for the Furniture & Lighting category of the 2013 Core77 Design Awards.]
The catalog can be viewed online here.