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Sir Terence Conran’s Personal Design Collection Fetched $1.4 Million in an auction


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London\’s National Portrait Gallery to return next June


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A sold out auction of Sir Terence Conran\’s personal design fetched $1.4 million


A friend of the late Sir Terence Conran, the art dealer John Kasmin, once remarked, “The problem with Terence is that he wants the whole world to have a better salad bowl.” At yesterday’s sale, “Sir Terence Conran – The Contents of Barton Court,” one lucky bidder upgraded their kitchenware significantly by purchasing a set of Conran’s own salad bowls. That collection of contemporary turned timber bowls—which once formed a large shelfscape outside Conran’s office—sold for £3,187 ($3,880). A testament to Conran’s longstanding cultural and aesthetic influence, the sellout auction—including furniture, art, and decorative objects from the design trailblazer’s personal collection—earned a total of £1,179,500 ($1,435,811), more than three times the pre-sale estimate. “Sir Terence Conran was a legendary figure in the history of modern design,” said Harvey Cammell, Bonhams Global Director, Valuations and Private Collections. “It has been a real privilege to offer highlights from his personal collection, which all came from his beloved home at Barton Court in Berkshire. The items in this sale demonstrated Sir Terence’s impeccable taste and offered bidders a chance to acquire items of design history. It is no wonder this very special sale achieved such exceptional results.” Read more on UK Daily News.

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