• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 4 June 2019

RESULTS: June Design Totals $14 million and Sets a Record for Eugene Printz and Jean Dunand 

EUGÈNE PRINTZ (1889-1948) AND JEAN DUNAND (1877-1942), IMPORTANT CABINET, CIRCA 1937, palmwood, dinanderie, oxidized brass, sycamore, Price Realized: $5,496,000 WORLD AUCTION RECORD.

New York – Christie’s Design auction in New York totaled an $14,038,250, selling 80% by lot and 96% by value. The top lot of the auction was an Important Cabinet, circa 1937 by Eugène Printz and Jean Dunand which achieved a staggering $5,496,000 during a protracted bidding war among three telephone bidders, smashing the pre-sale auction estimate of $300,000-$500,000. The price surpasses both artists’ previous world auction records and establishes a new record for any work – collaboration or independent design – by Printz and Dunand. This result is the highest price for a work of French Art Deco since Eileen Gray’s Dragon Chair sold for $28 million at Christie’s 2009 auction of the Collection of Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé, and the third all-time highest price for a work of 20th and 21st Century furniture design.

Additional top lots include a Grand Mouflon de Pauline' Bar Cabinet ($1,935,000), and Bélier', 'Transhumant' And 'Agneau' From The 'Nouveaux Moutons' Series ($675,000) by François-Xavier Lalanne and Les Grandes Berces' Bench ($615,000) by Claude Lalanne, which were Property from the Collection of Sheila W. and Richard J. Schwartz.

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