CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Important wall-mounted bookshelves, ca. 1950
Estimate $400,000-600,000

If you happen to be in New York this coming Thursday with a cool $600,000 up your sleeve, these stunning (and ‘important’!) wall-mounted bookshelves by Charlotte Perriand could be yours. These and over 200 other significant pieces by designers like Gio Ponti, Jeane Prouve and Zaha Hadid are being auctioned off at Phillips de Pury, and the prices are enough to make your eyes water!

Just another example of the recent (and much-publicised) ‘design art’ trend whereby classic designed pieces are marketed, exhibited and auctioned in the same way as works of fine art…. with prices to match.

If, like me, you could think of better ways to spend your entire lifetime’s earnings, it’s still worth browsing through this beautifully photographed design collection on the Phillips de Pury website. Swoon.

PIERRE CARDIN, Set of four side chairs, ca. 1980
Estimate $20,000-30,000

CHRISTIAN DELL, Rare table lamp, ca. 1930
Estimate $3,000-5,000

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Set of 20 wall lights, ca. 1967
Estimate $10,000-15,000

TEJO REMY, Unique “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories” cabinet, 1993
Estimate $20,000-30,000

ALESSANDRO GUERRIERO, Unique “Guerriero” chair, 1978
Estimate $15,000-20,000