Fauteuil aux dragons : Dragon Armchair sold for $28mn
If you are interested in buying expensive furniture for your house then you have just missed the chance of buying a small brown leather armchair once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. It was sold at Christie’s in Paris for 19.4 million pounds (about US $28million) making it the most expensive piece of 20th century design to ever be auctioned.
The unique piece – known as the ‘dragons’ armchair because of the ornate sculptures on its sweeping armrests was bought by specialist Paris art gallery Robert and Cheska Vallois. The armchair, by Irish designer Eileen Gray was only expected to reach around 3 million pounds. It was surprising that the luxurious leather armchair was sold at such a high price despite the recession. The pricey armchair boasts of a sculpted wood frame and brownish orange and silver lacquer finish. The chair was first owned by Suzanne Talbot, who was Gray’s first and most important patron. The chair, just 24 inches high, 61 cms was the centre of attraction at Christie’s.