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  • Harry Bertoia's Golden Rods (1959) up 162% on valuation at Phillips
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    Paul Fraser
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Harry Bertoia's Golden Rods (1959) up 162% on valuation at Phillips

Golden Rods (1959), a melt coated wire sculpture by Harry Bertoia, was the top lot of two design auctions at Phillips New York on December 17.

It achieved $521,000 against a $150,000-200,000 estimate - an increase of 160.5%.

Golden Rods Harry Bertoia
The Golden Rods sculpture was sold along with its original receipt

The two auctions, titled Design and Design Masters, featured work from some of the greatest designers of the 20th century - with the Bertoia sculpture appearing in the latter sale.

Italian-born Bertoia (1915-1978) was a furniture designer, sound artist and sculptor who often worked with wire and metal to create his airy and elegant forms.

The piece is made from brass-covered steel and bronze and was sold alongside its original 1959 purchase receipt.

The lot came close to his auction record of $578,500 - set for a similar work titled Screen Tree at Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art sale in New York last year.

In the Design sale, a George Nakashima "Slab" coffee table (1969) that sold for $102,500 against an $8,000-12,000 estimate was the highlight - up an impressive 754.1%.

Nakashima slab coffee table
Nakashima built the 'Slab' coffee table in 1969

The table is made from American black walnut and Indian rosewood, and is signed in black marker on the underside.

Nakashima was a major furniture designer of the 20th century, renowned for his fusion of modernism with traditional Japanese artisanship.

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    Paul Fraser
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