Mid Century Modern fans with average budgets hunt through flea markets and secondhand stores, hoping to find that undiscovered, dust-covered gem. What I wouldn't give to stumble across a Wegner with a broken leg, so I could get it on the cheap and patch it up in my shop.
Not so the rich, who want things that aren't in fixer-upper condition. So when Christie's held their "Design" auction earlier this month, the MCM pieces on show were all pristine--and clocked up to £72,500 (USD $93,220) for a single piece!
I'll give you a taste below. (Not all of the pieces shown are chronologically Mid Century Modern, but then again, that label didn't exist until author Cara Greenberg coined it in her 1984 book, "Mid-century Modern: Furniture of the 1950's.")
Finn Juhl (1912-1989)
Description: A pair of armchairs, model no. FJ45, designed 1945
Notes: Manufactured by master cabinetmakers Rud. Rasmussen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside with manufacturer's paper label RUD. RASMUSSEN/SNEDKERIER/45 NØRREBROGADE/KØBENHAVN pencilled with order number 30925 and architect's monogrammed paper label
Dimensions: 34 x 78 ½ x 30 in. (86 x 199 x 76 cm.)
Sold for £60,000
Description: A rare custom-made double stool, 1950s
Materials: Cuban mahogany, Niger leather
Notes: Executed by master cabinetmakers Rud. Rasmussen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside with manufacturer's paper label RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/45 NØRREBROGADE/KØBENHAVN handwritten with order number 25660A
Dimensions: 15 ¾ x 75 ½ x 28 ¾ in. (40 x 192 x 73 cm.)