Collection by Kelsey Keith

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.
We spotted more than a few oglers in front of Lot 79, a set of flatware for twelve.
The Giant Prince vase was made by designer Hella Jongerius in 2000, only one of four.
The Teddy Bear Banquete chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana symbolizes the gold rush era of the mid-2000s—Moss's...
This giant oil-on-canvas painting by Doug Argue, titled Randomly Placed Exact Percentages (2010), was paired with Mario...
The fourth and sixth top sellers from the Moss auction, respectively, were Maarten Baas's Grandfather Clock Veneer from...

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