RAGO’S NEW REMIX AUCTION ENJOYS 93% SELL-THROUGH RATE ON INAUGURAL RUN

Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Remix: Timeless Style Auction brought in $419,725 on Friday, December 2 and enjoyed a sell-through rate of 93%; an impressive showing for a new auction series that curates a mix of contemporary art and furnishings with art and furnishings from Rococo to Anglo-Indian and Americana.
Works of Art Nouveau did especially well in the sale. Lot 580, a two-part folding screen in the style of Antoni Gaudi, sold for $25,000, the highest price paid for a single lot. Several other lots went above estimate including a pair of armchairs that sold for $21,250 and a Palacio Guell settee which sold for $10,625, both by Joan Busquets. Mid-century Modern Designs also saw strong sales, including Lot 649, a cabinet attributed to Osvaldo Borsani which sold for $10,625, Lot 543, a set of Vibo Vesoul dining chairs which sold for $8,152, and Lot 701, a dresser in the style of Tommi Parzinger which sold for $5,938. Also of note: Lot 745, a painted mirror by New Jersey artist Malcolm Bray titled Picture This which sold for $12,500 against an estimate of $5,000-7,000; Lot 666, an untitled floral still life by Sigmund Menkes which sold for $10,000 against an estimate of $2,000-3,000; and lot 711, a set of three Pre-Columbian style terracotta figures which sold for $9,375 against an estimate of $2,000-3,000.

Lot 580 After Antoni Gaudi Two-Part Folding Screen Sold for: $25,000
Lot 580
After Antoni Gaudi
Two-Part Folding Screen
Sold for: $25,000
Lot 745 Malcolm Bray Picture This Sold for: $12,500
Lot 745
Malcolm Bray
Picture This
Sold for: $12,500

“A mix of periods, styles, textures and layers is what takes a home from contrived to curated,” said Arlen Sam Brown, Rago’s Stylist and the Specialist in charge of Remix, “Remix was created to embody that aesthetic, with pieces chosen for impact and interest and their ability to work together, as demonstrated in multiple vignettes.”

Lot 573 Joan Busquets  Pair of Armchairs Sold for: $21,250
Lot 573
Joan Busquets
Pair of Armchairs
Sold for: $21,250

 

Lot 649 Osvaldo Borsani (attr.) Cabinet Sold for: $10,625
Lot 649
Osvaldo Borsani (attr.)
Cabinet
Sold for: $10,625
Lot 711 Pre-Columbian Style Terracotta Figures Sold for: $9,375
Lot 711
Pre-Columbian Style
Terracotta Figures
Sold for: $9,375

“We figured that if we wanted to shop the auction, so would others,” said Rago Partner, Miriam Tucker, “And I’m happy to say they did.”
Look for a second Remix sale in June, 2017.

Lot 666 Sigmund Menkes Untitled Floral Still Life Sold for: $10,000
Lot 666
Sigmund Menkes
Untitled Floral Still Life
Sold for: $10,000
Lot 543 Audoux & Minet Vibo Vesoul Dining Chairs Sold for: $8,152
Lot 543
Audoux & Minet
Vibo Vesoul Dining Chairs
Sold for: $8,152
Lot 650 Sarouk Fereghan Carpet Sold for: $7,500
Lot 650
Sarouk Fereghan
Carpet
Sold for: $7,500

Total Hammer: $330,380
Hammer + buyer’s premium: $412,975
Low Estimate: $290,350
High Estimate: $444,650
Bidders in-house: 58
Bidders on phone: 93
Absentee Bidders: 287
Number of lots: 289
Percent sold: 93%

Lot 620 Joan Busquets Chandelier Sold for: $6,250
Lot 620
Joan Busquets
Chandelier
Sold for: $6,250
Lot 701 After Tommi Parzinger Dresser Sold for: $5,938
Lot 701
After Tommi Parzinger
Dresser
Sold for: $5,938
Lot 579 Art Nouveau Desk Sold for: $5,625
Lot 579
Art Nouveau
Desk
Sold for: $5,625
Lot 558 20th Century Untitled Still Life  Sold for: $5,313 each
Lot 558
20th Century
Untitled Still Life
Sold for: $5,313 each
Lot 558a 20th Century Untitled Still Life  Sold for: $5,313 each
Lot 558a 20th Century Untitled Still Life Sold for: $5,313 each
Lot 755 Jens Risom Pair of Armless Sofas Sold for: $4,063
Lot 755
Jens Risom
Pair of Armless Sofas
Sold for: $4,063
Lot 647 Patrick Laroche Bronze Satyr Vessel Set Sold for: $2,750
Lot 647
Patrick Laroche
Bronze Satyr Vessel Set
Sold for: $2,750
Lot 734 Anglo-Indian Pair of Chests of Drawers  Sold for: $2,750
Lot 734
Anglo-Indian
Pair of Chests of Drawers
Sold for: $2,750
Lot 742 Contemporary Cast Bronze Bull Sold for: $2,625
Lot 742
Contemporary
Cast Bronze Bull
Sold for: $2,625
Lot 623 Atsco "Oscar" Artist Mannequin Sold for: $2,500
Lot 623
Atsco
“Oscar” Artist Mannequin
Sold for: $2,500
Lot 520 John Lyle Firescreen  Sold for: $2,500
Lot 520
John Lyle
Firescreen
Sold for: $2,500

Online bidders: 1,107 from U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, American Samoa, Sweden, Singapore, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Hungary, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

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