Chairs by Wright owned by late NYC mayor sold

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NEW YORK A set of din­ing room chairs de­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright sold Mon­day for more than $11,000 at an auc­tion of fur­ni­ture and other pos­ses­sions of the late New York Mayor Ed Koch.

The chairs were part of a din­ing set in Koch’s home in Man­hat­tan’s Green­wich Vil­lage.

While the chairs sold for well in ex­cess of the es­ti­mated price of $2,500 to $3,500, a match­ing ta­ble went for $1,375, un­der its $1,500 to $2,500 es­ti­mate.

The fur­ni­ture pieces were among more than 40 items from Koch’s es­tate of­fered at the Doyle New York auc­tion house.

Koch, a three­term for­mer mayor whose brash, hu­mortinged style per­son­i­fied the New York of the 1980s, died in Fe­bru­ary at age 88.

The Demo­crat was credited with help­ing to save the city from its 1970s eco­nomic cri­sis and lead­ing it to fi­nan­cial re­birth.

The auc­tion house is sell­ing his be­long­ings in two ses­sions.

Fur­ni­ture, dec­o­ra­tive arts and paint­ings were on the block Mon­day. On Nov. 25, Koch’s cor­re­spon­dence with heads of state, his books and other ephemera are to be sold.

Koch’s fa­vorite bur­gundy leather up­hol­stered club chair and ot­toman brought $875; it had a pre-sale es­ti­mate of $200 to $300.

Among the more un­usual items was a group of three an­cient pot­tery ves­sels, two of which date to the Iron Age and the third to the first cen­tury. They sold for $1,875 but had been es­ti­mated to bring $700 to $1,000.

Koch’s art­works in­cluded a litho­graph by Amer­i­can artist Frank Stella ti­tled “Jasper’s Dilemma.” It is in­scribed “For Ed — thanks a mil­lion — F.S. ‘89.” It sold for $2,250, within its es­ti­mate.

The Nov. 25 high­lights in­clude a framed copy of a 1948 let­ter from Pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man rec­og­niz­ing Is­rael. Also in­cluded are let­ters from Pres­i­dents Ron­ald Rea­gan and Bill Clin­ton, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin.

Ed Koch

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