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Wright chairs owned by late NYC mayor go for $11K

Monday - 11/18/2013, 1:20pm  ET

This undated photo provided by Doyle New York shows a burgundy leather club chair and ottoman which belonged to former Mayor Ed Koch, and will now be sold at auction. Furniture, decorations and art from Koch's Greenwich Village apartment are being offered Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 by Doyle New York. The three-term mayor's letters and books will go on sale Nov. 25. Koch died in February at the age of 88. (AP Photo/Doyle New York)

MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 over 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 three-term former mayor whose brash, humor-tinged 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.


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