NEW YORK, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It may be ironic the staple of dorm rooms and first apartments – Ikea furniture – is now in demand at auction. A 1950s Ikea "Åke" sofa recently sold at auction for $3,700, while a set of Ikea "Vilbert" chairs by designer Verner Panton sold for $2,875.
Barnebys.com, a metasearch engine that compiles data from hundreds of sites, puts thousands of auctions and millions of items at buyers' fingertips in a simple, single search. Through its unique platform, Barnebys tracks global auction trends and prices and gives savvy collectors the power of its digital platform to seek out classic vintage design.
"Ikea is known for its affordable collections that appeal to a wide audience," said Pontus Silfverstolpe, auction expert and Barnebys.com co-founder. "Ironically, the most expensive Ikea auction items today are almost always Ikea's flops – items that weren't popular or that were produced for only a limited time."
7 HOT COLLECTORS' ITEMS FROM IKEA
- The "Åke" chair made by Ikea from 1952-1956 originally sold at Ikea for $12. They have sold at international fairs for up to $65,000.
- The chair "Vilbert" by Verner Panton (1993) originally sold at Ikea for $74; now selling for $900.
- Bestselling bookshelves, "Tema" by Gillis Lundgren, sold through the 1950s and 1960s at Ikea, today sell for up to $3,900.
- A sideboard table from Ikea sold in 1993 for about $440. Now selling for up to $2,900.
- Armchairs by Erik Wörtz made during the 1960s. Now selling for about $1,900.
- Ceramic Terrine "Nejlika" by Ikea (1993). Now selling for about $1,500.
- The steel and leather chair, "Amiralen" by Karin Mobring made by Ikea during the 1970s. Now selling for up to $1,100.
Barnebys.com is the world's leading aggregator for design and vintage items, as well as for arts, antiques, and collectibles. It offers access to items from 2,000 auction houses and dealers and has nearly 700,000 searchable lots available to its users every day. Barnebys also brings unprecedented transparency to the auctions market by providing buyers and sellers a free, online realized-price database documenting the final selling prices of 32 million items.
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