$50 CHAIR FROM FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE WAS A CLASSIC, MAN RESOLD IT FOR $85,000
There are days when I really wish I knew more about antiques and collectibles, and this is one of them. Some people can take a look at what either is or isn’t presumed junk and know the difference. And Justin Miller appears to be the sort who knows a gem from glass and made a major score with a really modest investment. He saw a chair on sale on Facebook Marketplace and thought it might be worth more than the $50 that he ended up buying it for. And, well, not only was he right. He was really, really right. He flipped it at auction at Sotheby’s for a cool $85,000!
CHAIR WENST SO HIGH AT SOTHEBY’S AS IT’S A CLASSIC, LIMITED FROM 1930’S DANISH DESIGNER
So what is this chair that Miller realized was more than it seemed at first glance? None other than a chair made by Danish furniture designer Frits Henningsen. It’s from roughly the year 1935, a leather “rare high-back Wing Chair.” I, for one, would have assumed this is the kind of thing my grandmother might have bought. Or maybe my Masters academic advisor, now that I think about it. Because I’ve seen this style of chair in older folks homes and offices. Movies and tv shows, too. But recognizing it as maybe an original from just a picture? Not a chance.
ONE OF ONLY 50 MADE, MILLER SOMEHOW REALIZED WHAT HE SAW ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
But this chair is an original, and what an original it is. The Danish designer Henningsen was known for quite the exceptional craftsmanship, and was an innovator in his day in his methods of creating beautiful furniture. And one of his best designs was none other than this chair that Miller picked up on Facebook Marketplace for 50 bucks. The chair is emblematic of the best qualities of Scandinavian furniture from the 1930s. And this chair that just went for $35,000 more than the expected cap of $50,000 is just one of maybe only 50 chairs ever produced.
Maybe I’ll have to have a look at Facebook Marketplace and look at everything under $100 to see what I can see. It could take some time.