AUCTION NEWS: THIS WEEKEND SOLLO RAGO AUCTION TO FEATURE THE MODERNIST COLLECTION OF JUAN MONTOYA

by Marisa Marcantonio

After years of collecting antiques, some designers decide they do not need to keep it all. It is hard to say goodbye, but often a style cleansing means moving in a new direction. It's not a bad thing to do. On April 24 and 25, Sollo Rago Modern Auctions will be selling pieces from Juan Montoya's modernist furniture collection. Located in Lambertville, NJ, the 85 lots will include a 1931 Rene Prou and Paul Rudolf chairs. The auction will also have European furniture, and many Jacques Adnet pieces. Why not make a weekend out of it? For more information, visit Sollo Rago.

AUCTION ALERT: RAGO'S MODERN AUCTIONS “FROM STICKLEY TO STARCK,” A 20th CENTURY DESIGN SALE FOR THE YOUNG CITY-DWELLER ON FEBRUARY 14-15, 2009

by Marisa Marcantonio



Photo Courtesy of Rago
Sollo Rago Modern Auctions out of Lambertville, New Jersey is having a great auction coming up over the next two days. Young buyers can bid for original pieces from great designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Herman Miller and Gustav Stickley. The chairs above are Modern King and Queen iron birdcage chairs. 71'' x 22 1/2'' x 22'' and 66'' x 22 1/2'' x 21''Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Jad Attal, the specialist in charge of REAL MODERN, understands what young, urban buyers are looking for because he is in the market, too. A young father of two, he lives just outside of the New York City.

He has this advice for those looking to buy from auction:

"Browse the online auction catalogue by maker or type of furniture or just piece by piece. It’s like looking at any store’s online catalogue. You’ll see photos and details: the maker, the dimensions, materials used. Instead of a flat price, though, you’ll also see a presale estimate. This is the price range where the auction house thinks the piece will sell, so you get a sense of its value. It might sell in that range or for more or for less, too. So don’t be afraid to ask questions about something you like but think you can’t quite afford."

Let the bidding begin! Check out the goods at the Rago Arts website and decide what your maximum bids will be!