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Moss Auction at Phillips de Pury

In our September entertaining issue, we profiled the one and only Murray Moss, New York design impresario and "ringmaster" of the over-the-top, irreverent design objects with high price tags. At the time, we couldn't mention that Moss's imminent auction of design-art pairings would be held at the venerable Phillips de Pury. Now that all is said and done with the auction, which raked in over $5.5 million, we know exactly what Moss was thinking by pairing the likes of a Campana brothers' stuffed-animal armchair with Christopher Winter painting of Alpine children. We also know that rare Hella Jongerius pottery is more lucrative than a chair, or even a custom Polder sofa. More details in our slideshow.

Gio Ponti's illuminated wall organizer from 1950-1953 graced Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell's own Midtown home. One of the top ten lots in the Phillips auction held October 16, it fetched $86,500.

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