The best seat in the house just got new meaning. The “Dragons Armchair” (circa 1917) by Irish furniture designer Eileen Gray sold at a Christie’s auction for $28,341,909, making it the world’s most expensive place to sit. The original estimate for the unique piece was between $2,587,711 and $3,881,567, but a collector believed it was worth $25 million more.
The chair was created in the form of unfurling petals, with a sculpted wood frame and brown leather upholstery. The arms feature the intertwined bodies of two serpentine dragons, with black lacquer eyes, are highlighted in lacquered brown, orange and silver. The auction house describes the chair: “The armchair distils all that was so personal and so magical in the first, intimately expressive phase of Miss Gray’s career — surprising, imaginative, subtly sculpted and crafted, it is a masterpiece of invention and execution.”
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