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How much in your area?

Posted by palimpsest (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 10, 12 at 22:49

I would be interested to know how much these would go for in your area at auction, or retail. They were sold as a pair and are black framed womb Knoll womb chairs in good structural, poor cosmetic, condition. The brown chair is 1950s, original fabric, with a missing back cushion (that looks like the ottoman cushion) The orange chair is probably 1950s with a 1960s-70s Knoll fabric recover. They need to be refoamed and reupholstered. I know what they went for here, but there seems to be a huge regional variation for this sort of thing.


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RE: How much in your area?

In my area....central Iowa....we don't see stuff like that. And if we goes for maybe $20 to $40....because no one knows it from K-Mart stuff.
There may be a high end decorator shop in a couple of the more eclectic cities wehre something like that would bring $100 in as is condition....or $400 or more re done...but you would have to search!

RE: How much in your area?

How would they make any profit on them redone at that price? The chair takes six yards of fabric and the cheapest hobsack you can use on a chair like this retails at $38, so nets somewhere around $20, so thats $120+ for the fabric, no labor and the labor on these is relatively intensive and specialized. To replace the original fabric with the same would be $77 a yard.

(not as much as the Swan chair, which is covered in two pieces of fabric hand stitched on like a baseball..the labor is almost $1000 on those)

RE: How much in your area?

Perhaps the high cost of fixing them leads them to the landfill?

RE: How much in your area?

They've never been out of production, so the importance of new vs old has questionable relevance, unless it is very early and has a rare, early fabric in good condition. For reference, a new one is $3500-$5500 depending upon upholstery.

RE: How much in your area?

Hammer price + buyer's premium + sales tax was slightly under $2000.00 for the pair and that was considered a pretty good deal.

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