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Saturday 20 January 2018

$1.7 million not enough to buy Eileen Gray chair

THE APPEAL of Enniscorthy-born designer Eileen Gray failed to attract a bidder to match the $2 million (€1.5 million) plus expected last week for a wooden chair made by the world famous Wexford woman.

The 'Sirène' armchair was withdrawn at Christie's auction house in New York after there was no improvement on the $1.7 million (€1.28 million) offered for the ninety-year-old piece. However, there was a taker for a richly decorated wooden screen dating back to 1923, one of a pair the genius from Brownswood kept at her flat in Paris, which was sold for $842,500 (€635,000).

The chair was put up for sale by an American collector from Colorado and bidding for the prize lot opened $1.2 million, rising briskly to $1.7 million, but there it stayed, well short of the reserve price. The auction was held at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.

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