Wright Readies Eames Sale of the Century

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This set of ten DSRs—that’s Eames-speak for dining-height side chairs with a rod base—manufactured by Herman Miller in 1950 is among the lots in Wright’s upcoming Eames sale. (Photo: Wright)

Design fans, the time has come to liquidate your savings account, cash in what’s left of your 410(k), sell your old gold, ask Great Aunt Beatrix for an advance on your inheritance, and book a flight to Chicago, because Wright has assembled a Charles and Ray Eames bonanza, the likes of which will never be seen—or sold—again. Come April 8, the designtastic auction house will offer up fine specimens of signature Eames LCWs, DCWs, and DARs (check out this set of DCMs, custom-dyed in a fetching bluish green), but what really makes this sale special is the inclusion of a wealth of historical documents, photographs, models, and ephemera from the collection of John and Marilyn Neuhart, the official archivists of Eames Office output for more than 30 years.

The big-ticket lot is the Neuharts’ massive Eames archive. Estimated to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000, it includes more than 100 binders chock full of photos, copies, negatives, and clippings pertaining to everything Eames, from exhibition records and films to graphics and the Eames House. On a limited budget? How about a suitable-for-framing bunch of Eames Office ephemera, a Herman Miller stock certificate designed in 1970 by Deborah Sussman, or a black and white photo that captures Charles and Ray mid-chuckle with George Nelson, Alexander Girard, and the gang in 1975? Stop in to check out the merchandise beginning March 29. Make a beeline for the modular storage units Charles Eames designed with Eero Saarinen in 1940 for the Organic Design competition.