Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shag Prints and More (Dali, Miro, Chagall) for Sale ... Cheap! Furniture and Electronics Too.

A good buddy of mine here in London has recently realized that he has "managed to build up a far bigger collection (of good stuff and junk) than I will ever be able to put on my walls/put on the floor." That means BARGAINS for us! Have a look at what he's got and if interested, just shoot me an email and I'll get you in touch with my friend.

Here's his list o' stuff (and might I add that the dude's got impeccable taste - and no, honestly, these aren't my things. Although I am tempted to purchase a few of 'em):

Art - The collection contains works by:

- Toulouse-Lautrec (the complete set of Circus lithographs in presentation box – only sold as a complete set as I want to ensure they get a good home ;-))

- One of Jim Dine’s “heart” lithographs (Heart for the Film Forum), a rapidly appreciating piece in a series of 500.

- A large number of Marc Chagall lithographs in various editions and paper qualities

- Salvador Dali (about a handful including some stunning sketches)

- Joan Miro (a beautiful small piece)

- Marcel Delacroix (some large Parisian street life scenes – I’m keeping the smaller ones, along with an Alexander Calder and a few other pieces for when I move to a bigger house)

- 8 prints by Shag (Josh Agle) who started the entire 60s cool cartoon style art crazy in the late 1990s. All are in editions of up to 350, but most of them come from smaller editions (200).

- And probably a whole lot more that I’ve forgotten about now that everything is packed in tubes


- Original (almost 50 years old) Bertoia Wire Chair (also known as dining chair) with slightly damaged original black leather cushion and unpainted stainless steel frame £350

- 2 x Eames DCM chairs in black stained Ash. Produced by Vitra (original licensee) in 2002 so some general wear and tear with surface scratching, but still a chair that will last forever. Cost £492 today from new. I’ll be selling one at £250 or you can have both for £400

- Original upholstered (plastic fantastic) blue Eames rocker. The proper fibreglass one rather than the injection moulded crap (pardon my French, but they have really butchered it in recent years). The chair has new white wire legs and new beechwood runners (and therefore has a couple of holes in the underside as the new undercarriage is positioned differently to improve stability. £325

- Large two seater dark brown (looks black) leather sofa from Habitat (not stored in apartment) £400 (price new £1300)

- Arm chair to match with above £200 (price new £700)

- King size Oke futon bed from the Futon Company with large, but minimalist wooden frame (with two tatami mats and “deepsleep” king size futon mattress). Price new £800 (now £918). Selling for £300.

- Karim Rashid Butterfly chair in orange. £70 (price new £140)

- Mies van der Rohe “Barcelona” daybed. Described wrongly as the Barcelona daybed due to its proximity in design to the chair , which was showcased in the German pavilion (designed by v.d. Rohe) at the 1929 Barcelona Expo. This daybed was actually designed for Philip Johnson’s New York City apartment a year later. This is one of only two pieces of furniture I have ever owned that is a reproduction rather than an original (I won’t tell you what the other one is because it’s still in the house ;-)). Great value at £250! Legs and cushions come off for easy transportation

- A stack of original Verner Panton Topan pendant shades in various sizes and colours (including blue, orange, stainless steel and black). Priced from £25 to £85 each. You need to buy your own flex and please note that these have never been produced with a ceiling rose either so you need to find one which you think fits (or disappears).

- Kartell Easy pendant lights (3-pack). Designed by Ferruccio Laviani in 2002. Great cylinder shaped lamps in different colours. You can either hang them together or separately. Never used and still in original packaging. They cost £62 each, but you can have the set of three for £125.

- Small steel and plastic garden table with 3 chairs (nice and easy to keep clean). Ideal for a terrace or balcony. If you would prefer it with 2 or 4 chairs that would be possible as well. £80

- Funky Habitat ceramic and frosted
glass lamp

- You MIGHT also tempt me into parting with my two original 1950s Eames Aluminium Group Low Back Office Chairs with blue plastic covering. Offers over £750 for the set.

AV and electronics equipment:

- JVC RX-DP10R. 5 years old and hardly used (40 hours of playing time in total). Formerly the range topping surround sound amp from JVC. Cost when new £1400. Price now: £400. Still plays absolutely beautifully and has all the bells and whistles as well as enough power to host your next street party.

- Kenwood L1000C. One of the all-time great pre-amps. These are still as good as anything on the market today, but I can’t use it in my current integrated amplifier set-up L. Please give this a good home… Bargain at £150- Jamo 707. Stunning floor standing speakers in black ash from the design and sound gurus at Jamo in Denmark. Price new £800. Price now £275 for the pair.

- Dual CS 505-4 turntable. A little gem, but now I want to upgrade so am selling this. Cartridge still has plenty of life left in it and it is very easy to find a replacement if you want to change it. £50

- Sony S505ES. One of the classic FM RDS tuners. This used to be the top of the range radio from Sony and it really does tell when listening to it. If you don’t need all of the DAB cack and just listen to old fashioned radio – this is the one for you. If you’re worried about the digital switchover – don’t be. Ofcom haven’t even set a date yet for switching off analogue radio signals and are murmuring about a 2015 target date, but since this is not a firm commitment it will be at least 10 years before it actually happens. Only selling this as I’ve got my hands on the legendary Onkyo T4700 (probably the finest analogue radio ever made). £20

- Panasonic NV-RS7B S-VHS video recorder. £40 including a stack of unused tapes.

- Minolta Dynax 500Si SLR for those who still like to shoot film and want a very small and handy SLR. £30.

- Nikon F55 SLR – a better SLR and still a hugely popular camera among amateurs and the slightly more pro who will use it as a back-up. Comes with 28 – 80mm and 70-300mm lenses. Bought as kit for £380 in 2004, now selling for £120. Picture quality as good as anything I’ve shot digitally.

- Nikon F401 SLR – an absolute gem and a classic Nikon SLR camera. The first Nikon camera to have a built in TTL flash. It comes with the classic 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5 lens and the black leather case. Great condition and probably my all-time favourite camera. A bargain at £60. I would recommend finding a motor for it as these old SLR’s focus and shoot a lot slower than modern ones.

- Lexon “Ici Pari” radio by Philipe Starck. £20

- Jacob Jensen alarm clock. £10

- Small 14” Sony TV with built-in video recorder. £20? £15? £10?

- Sony TC-K511S tape deck. Tenner anyone? Otherwise, please just take it.

- Philips DCC (remember those?). Please let me know quickly if you want it or it’s going straight to electronic hell.

Interested? Just let me know.

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