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March 4, 2011

Original Ettore Sottsass furniture and accessories that were custom designed and built for the late tech pioneer Max Palevsky will hit the auction block March 6th at LA Modern. The Memphis Group member’s pieces will be sold without a reserve, and joined by work from fellow Modernists Harry Bertoia, Hans Wegner, Charles & Ray Eames, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. The catalog is rounded out by a selection of modern artworks by Richard Tuttle, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler, Picasso and others. Check out a few of the objects on sale in the slideshow that follows.

Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.
Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.
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Signature rocker (1986-1989) by woodworking icon and celebrated furnituremaker Sam Maloof. Sold with original receipt and a signed copy of book <i>Sam Maloof: Woodworker</i>.
Signature rocker (1986-1989) by woodworking icon and celebrated furnituremaker Sam Maloof. Sold with original receipt and a signed copy of book Sam Maloof: Woodworker.
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A pair of “Incalmo” bolle vases by Finnish master Tapio Wirkkala, which were commissioned by Venini (2002).
A pair of “Incalmo” bolle vases by Finnish master Tapio Wirkkala, which were commissioned by Venini (2002).
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Pair of Edward Wormley side tables with sliding shelves, designed circa 1947 for Drexel.
Pair of Edward Wormley side tables with sliding shelves, designed circa 1947 for Drexel.
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Group of four handmade dolls by Marilyn Neuhart. Made circa 1961-65 for Alexander Girard’s "Textiles & Objects" store.
Group of four handmade dolls by Marilyn Neuhart. Made circa 1961-65 for Alexander Girard’s "Textiles & Objects" store.
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Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer
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A Milo Baughman recliner, from his prolific association with Thayer Coggin, designed circa 1959.
A Milo Baughman recliner, from his prolific association with Thayer Coggin, designed circa 1959.
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A beautiful Stanley Young desk, dresser, and chest of drawers (sold as a suite). Designed for Glenn of California, circa 1951.
A beautiful Stanley Young desk, dresser, and chest of drawers (sold as a suite). Designed for Glenn of California, circa 1951.
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Cabinet by Paul McCobb for Lane’s ultra-popular, 1960’s “Delineator Series."
Cabinet by Paul McCobb for Lane’s ultra-popular, 1960’s “Delineator Series."
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A circa 1950 wrought iron American Modern Candelabra once retailed at the legendary Van Keppel-Green (VKG).
A circa 1950 wrought iron American Modern Candelabra once retailed at the legendary Van Keppel-Green (VKG).
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Dining suite designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia in 2006. The suite is comprised of Lucullo AC Collection Table, two Sela stools, and two Musa Simple Classic chairs; it retains the "Made in Italy for USA" label.
Dining suite designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia in 2006. The suite is comprised of Lucullo AC Collection Table, two Sela stools, and two Musa Simple Classic chairs; it retains the "Made in Italy for USA" label.
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Ettore Sotsass Sinus Lamp, with original box, plastic, designed 1970. This lamp can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.
Ettore Sotsass Sinus Lamp, with original box, plastic, designed 1970. This lamp can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.
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A survey of 26 Modern Furniture and Design Books. The titles include an autographed copy of “Sam Maloof: Woodworker” and the beautifully illustrated “Contempo: the American Tempo” from 1929.
A survey of 26 Modern Furniture and Design Books. The titles include an autographed copy of “Sam Maloof: Woodworker” and the beautifully illustrated “Contempo: the American Tempo” from 1929.
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Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer
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Ettore Sottsass Bed with attached cantilevered side table. Custom designed in 1984 for L.A. tech pioneer and Sotsass champion Max Palevsky.
Ettore Sottsass Bed with attached cantilevered side table. Custom designed in 1984 for L.A. tech pioneer and Sotsass champion Max Palevsky.
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Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer
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Achille Castiglioni vintage Cocoon hanging lamp for Flos, circa 1960. Steel and polymer. 22"h x 21"w.
Achille Castiglioni vintage Cocoon hanging lamp for Flos, circa 1960. Steel and polymer. 22"h x 21"w.
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Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer
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A rare Harry Bertoia brooch from Bertoia Studio executed circa 1946. No markings, 3.875" x 2.625". One of 50 lots from the collection of James Byrnes, the first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the L.A. County Museum of History, Science, and Art,
A rare Harry Bertoia brooch from Bertoia Studio executed circa 1946. No markings, 3.875" x 2.625". One of 50 lots from the collection of James Byrnes, the first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the L.A. County Museum of History, Science, and Art, (now known as LACMA).
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Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.
Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.

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