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The Legendary Murray Moss Auctions Off His Art And Design Treasures

Today, a selection of Moss’s design objects goes on sale through Phillips de Pury.

  • <p>Selective laser sintering 3-D printed nylon. Manufactured by .MGX by Materialise, Belgium. Number 7 from the edition of 40.<br />
(Estimate: $25,000–$30,000)</p>
  • <p>Mahogany-veneered wood, Vitrex glass, frosted glass, brass. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy. (Estimate: $70,000–$90,000)</p>
  • <p>China ink on paper. (Estimate: $100,000–$150,000)</p>
  • <p>Polished and patinated bronze. Produced by Studio Job, the Netherlands for Moss. Number 1 from the edition of 5. (Estimate: $1000,000–$150,000)</p>
  • <p>Wood, painted wood, painted metal, brass.<br />
Handmade by Azimute, France. (Estimate: $3,000–$4,000)</p>
  • <p>Cut sheet aluminum. Produced by Danese, Italy. Number 45 from the edition of 50. <br />
(Estimate: $8,000–$12,000)</p>
  • <p>Cherry-veneered MDF, LCD screen, Blu-Ray DVD player, Blu-Ray DVD.<br />
Produced by Baas & den herder, the Netherlands. Artist’s proof from the edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof.<br />
(Estimate: $120,000–$180,000)</p>
  • <p>Dark brown patinated bronze, marble base. <br />
(Estimate: $2 million–$3 million)</p>
  • <p>C-print. Number 2 from the edition of 6. 59 7/8 x 79 in. (Estimate: $30,000–$40,000)</p>
  • <p>Painted bent iron rods.<br />
Handmade by Estudio Campana, Brazil.<br />
(Estimate: $20,000–$25,000)</p>
  • <p>Polyurethane composite. Produced by Julien Carretero, the Netherlands. Number 3 from the edition of 5. (Estimate: $12,000–$18,000)</p>
  • <p>Mahogany. (Estimate: $45,000–$55,000)</p>
  • <p>Patinated brass, hand-blown glass. (Estimate: $10,000–$15,000)</p>
  • <p>Polished aluminum, steel, glass.<br />
Casket carrier manufactured by Champion Chemical Company, USA, together with after-market custom glass table top. (Estimate: $6,000–$8,000)</p>
  • <p>Epoxy resin. Produced by .MGX by Materialise, Belgium. (Estimate: $15,000–$20,000)</p>
  • <p>Charred pre-existing longcase clock (circa 1850), clear epoxy resin, metal.<br />
Produced by Baas & den Herder, the Netherlands for Moss, USA. (Estimate: $25,000–$35,000)</p>
  • <p>Standing at a little over 80 inches tall, this decorative vase is made of iberglass-reinforced cast natural beeswax, stainless steel, painted wood. (Estimate: $25,000–$35,000)</p>
  • <p>Glazed earthenware, cotton embroidery<br />
From the edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof. <br />
(Estimate: $70,000–$90,000)</p>
  • <p>Stuffed toy animals, brushed tubular steel.<br />
Produced by Estudio Campana, Brazil for Moss, USA. (Estimate: $40,000–$50,000)</p>
  • 01 /19 | "Damned.MGX" by LUC MERX, 2007

    Selective laser sintering 3-D printed nylon. Manufactured by .MGX by Materialise, Belgium. Number 7 from the edition of 40.
    (Estimate: $25,000–$30,000)

  • 02 /19 | Parete Organizzata illuminated wall organizer by Gio Ponti, 1950–53

    Mahogany-veneered wood, Vitrex glass, frosted glass, brass. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy. (Estimate: $70,000–$90,000)

  • 03 /19 | Ceiling plan for the Red Theater, Leningrad, by Kazimir Malevich, 1931

    China ink on paper. (Estimate: $100,000–$150,000)

  • 04 /19 | Robber Baron floor lamp by Studio Job, 2007

    Polished and patinated bronze. Produced by Studio Job, the Netherlands for Moss. Number 1 from the edition of 5. (Estimate: $1000,000–$150,000)

  • 05 /19 | Scale model of the Titanic

    Wood, painted wood, painted metal, brass.
    Handmade by Azimute, France. (Estimate: $3,000–$4,000)

  • 06 /19 | Quattro Spirali by Enzo Mari, 1958

    Cut sheet aluminum. Produced by Danese, Italy. Number 45 from the edition of 50.
    (Estimate: $8,000–$12,000)

  • 07 /19 | Grandfather Clock Veneer (from the Real Time series) by Maarten Baas, 2009

    Cherry-veneered MDF, LCD screen, Blu-Ray DVD player, Blu-Ray DVD.
    Produced by Baas & den herder, the Netherlands. Artist’s proof from the edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof.
    (Estimate: $120,000–$180,000)

  • 08 /19 | "Unique Torse de femme" by Alberto Giacometti, conceived 1932, cast 1948–49

    Dark brown patinated bronze, marble base.
    (Estimate: $2 million–$3 million)

  • 09 /19 | "Schloss St. Emmeram Regensburg XXIV" by CANDIDA HÖFER, 2003

    C-print. Number 2 from the edition of 6. 59 7/8 x 79 in. (Estimate: $30,000–$40,000)

  • 10 /19 | "Corallo tree" by Fernando and Humberto Campana, 2004

    Painted bent iron rods.
    Handmade by Estudio Campana, Brazil.
    (Estimate: $20,000–$25,000)

  • 11 /19 | "To Be Continued" bench by JULIEN CARRETERO 2008

    Polyurethane composite. Produced by Julien Carretero, the Netherlands. Number 3 from the edition of 5. (Estimate: $12,000–$18,000)

  • 12 /19 | "Multiple Forms" by LEO AMINO, 1952

    Mahogany. (Estimate: $45,000–$55,000)

  • 13 /19 | "‘Mobile Chandelier 1" by MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES, circa 2008

    Patinated brass, hand-blown glass. (Estimate: $10,000–$15,000)

  • 14 /19 | Casket carrier coffee table, circa 1920

    Polished aluminum, steel, glass.
    Casket carrier manufactured by Champion Chemical Company, USA, together with after-market custom glass table top. (Estimate: $6,000–$8,000)

  • 15 /19 | "Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph)" by STEPHEN JONES, 2011

    Epoxy resin. Produced by .MGX by Materialise, Belgium. (Estimate: $15,000–$20,000)

  • 16 /19 | Longcase clock, from the Smoke series by Maarten Baas, 2006

    Charred pre-existing longcase clock (circa 1850), clear epoxy resin, metal.
    Produced by Baas & den Herder, the Netherlands for Moss, USA. (Estimate: $25,000–$35,000)

  • 17 /19 | "The Dialectics of Desire" by TOMÁŠ GABZDIL LIBERTÍNY, 2006

    Standing at a little over 80 inches tall, this decorative vase is made of iberglass-reinforced cast natural beeswax, stainless steel, painted wood. (Estimate: $25,000–$35,000)

  • 18 /19 | "Giant prince vase" by Hella Jongerius, 2000

    Glazed earthenware, cotton embroidery
    From the edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof.
    (Estimate: $70,000–$90,000)

  • 19 /19 | "Teddy Bear Banquete" chair by FERNANDO AND HUMBERTO CAMPANA, 2004

    Stuffed toy animals, brushed tubular steel.
    Produced by Estudio Campana, Brazil for Moss, USA. (Estimate: $40,000–$50,000)

Murray Moss staked his name and business on the assertive claim that design had a place in the art world. Not everyone was willing to invest in that view—at least not enough to prevent the shuttering of Moss’s eponymous and groundbreaking SoHo store early this year. One may surmise that he registered a personal financial hit as well, given that today Phillips de Pury will be auctioning off his trove of design objects, offering them, in true Moss fashion, alongside a curated array of artworks.

Running through the auction is the Moss’s core belief that decor is an undervalued form of expression. "I don’t know why decor is considered something that’s sort of low class or something which is unintelligent," he says in the above video. "Let’s rename it in a more pallatable way, and let’s call it 'collage.' Let’s call it 'montage,' Eisensteinian montage, where you take an image and you lay it on top of another image and the result isn’t two images but, say, five images. It’s the basis of art, the basis of all the arts."

In many ways, Moss is a modern-day patron saint of high design, and his collection shows how personally he took his mission, understanding design’s history while investing in its future.

To view all the lots, go here; for more information on bidding, here.

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