Rago/Wright/LAMA – Three Powerful Auction Houses in One

This it to congratulate my favorite auction house Rago/Wright who for an enormous expansion to the West Coast as it is has just announce merging with Los-Angeles- based auction house LA Modern Auctions. This merge brings together the three strongest, independently owned design brands in the auction industry into one leading force.

All three houses will continue to work under their individual names while sharing technology, expertise and marketing efforts. Building on the synergies of the Rago/Wright merger in 2020, the combined company will continue to offer curated auctions of art, design, ceramics, jewelry and watches with bespoke digital presentations and state-of-the-art bidding technology. With combined expertise, shared outreach and a coast-to-coast presence, the joint entity will be positioned to better serve clients, buyers and sellers alike, and to maintain a strong voice in the world of art and design.

Wright, 2016 – Carlo Mollino, Important coffee table, model 1114, Apelli & Varesio for Singer & Sons, Italy, c. 1950, Italian walnut, Securit glass, brass16½ h × 50½ w × 24¾ d in (42 × 128 × 63 cm); estimate: $70,000–90,000; result: $161,000
Rago, 2021 – Tiffany Studios, Important Dandelion lamp, USA, 1900, hand-blown Favrile glass, hammered and patinated copper29½ h × 11½ dia in (75 × 29 cm), estimate: $50,000–75,000, result: $3,745,000
Rago 2021 – George Nakashima, Kent Hall floor lamp, Nakashima Studio, USA, 1986, American black walnut, walnut burl, holly, fiberglass58¾ h × 21 w × 16 d in (149 × 53 × 41 cm), estimate: $18,000–22,000, result: $68,750.
Rago 2020 – Isamu Noguchi, Rudder Stool, model IN-22, Herman Miller, USA, 1944, lacquered wood, birch, zinc-plated steel, aluminum, rubber17½ h × 14 w × 21 d in (44 × 36 × 53 cm), estimate: $20,000–30,000, result: $56,250.
Wright 2015, Ico and Luisa Parisi, rotating library, Altamira, Italy, c. 1955, Italian walnut, glass, brass41 h × 25 w × 24½ d in (104 × 63 × 62 cm)
estimate: $10,000–15,000, result: $8,750.

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