Tag Archives: Max Palevsky

LAMA’s Largest Sale, Ever.

We broke many records in yesterday’s Modern Art & Design Auction.

Highest grossing sale : $2,256,323
Highest sell through rate since 2005: 82%

Fresh material from local estates with attractive estimates led to record attendance in the room, as well as on the phones, absentee and internet bidding.

Custom designs by Ettore Sottass for the late Max Palevsky were sold on Sunday at the LAMA Modern Art & Design auction in Van Nuys, CA, totaling $333,813. Record prices were achieved for several unique works designed by Ettore Sottsass, including a marble console (Lot 55 est. $10,000 – 15,000), which realized $75,000; a sevres porcelain vase (Lot 70 est. $1,000 – 1,500) brought $31,250; and a pair of marble end tables (Lot 84 and 85 est. $2,400 – 3,000) together realized $25,000.

Sottsass designs from other owners included a group of three candlesticks (Lot 78 est. $1,500 – 2,000) realized $14,375, a pair of “Eastside” lounge chairs (Lot 83 est. $2,500- 3,500) realized $3,750, and a Sinus lamp with box (Lot 76 est. $1,000 – 1,500) brought $3,600.

The star lot, Reg Butler  The Unknown Political Prisoner Maquette, soared to $125,000 after an intense bidding battle. The price sets a new world record for the artist. This important British sculpture turned up unexpectedly in a local collection this year, after remaining in private hands since 1963.

Fine art from the Collection of James Byrnes, the first curator of Modern Art at LACMA dating back to the mid 1940s, found very strong competition with 50 lots bringing $171,313.  Highlights included a rare Harry Bertoia brooch (Lot 220 est. $5,000 – 7,000), which brought almost $22,000; an original Calder work on paper (Lot 25 est. $15,000 – 20,000) realized $25,000; and an Ynez Johnston (Lot 332 est. $2,000 – 3,000) realized $10,938. All of the works from this collection received heavy pre-sale attention due to Byrnes’ relationship with each of the artists. Nearly all of the works were acquired directly from the artists, which created desirable provenance.

There are still lots that are unsold. Check out the unsold lots list, which is being updated frequently, on the homepage of the LAMA website: www.lamodern.com.  If there is something that you like, email us and make an offer.

Palevsky and Byrnes on Art Market Views

If you don’t read Lindsay Pollock Art Market Views, you most definitely should. Pollock’s Art Market Views provides daily breaking news and analysis for readers seeking an insider’s perspective on the art industry.

Check out the post on the Palevsky and Byrnes collections on Art Market Views.

March 6th Auction in the LA Times

Check out the latest story on the

Ettore Sottsass designs from the Estate of Max Palevsky in the LA Times.

March 6th Modern Art & Design Auction in the New York Times

The March 6th Modern Art & Design Auction was mentioned today in the Art & Design Antiques section.

Read the
New York Times
article here

Lot Information

Lot 66
Italian Modern Glass Window Panels (4)
Venini Murano
Custom designed 1984 for Max Palevsky’s Malibu home
Each panel 34″ x 19.5″
Estimate $10,000 – 20,000

Ettore Sottsass on California Home + Design

Check out the write up about the Ettore Sottsass custom designs for the Estate of Max Palevsky on the California Home + Design blog!

YHBHS focuses on Ettore Sottsass

With all the buzz on the custom designs by Ettore Sottsass from the Estate of Max Palevsky (all to be sold with no reserve on March 6th), You Have Been Here Sometime (YHBHS) has been beautifully compiling interesting vignettes on Ettore Sottsass and his design career. Check out YHBHS all week for more information on Ettore Sottsass and exclusive photos from LAMA.


Peter Loughrey discusses the Max Palevsky Interior

Check out this podcast on Antique Auction Forum that captures an interview with Peter Loughrey on his knowledge and thoughts of the Ettore Sottsass designs from the Max Palevsky Malibu Estate.

We are very excited to be offering 100 lots of material from the Estate of Max Palevsky, all to be sold with no reserve!