After two days of bidding at the Sotheby's auction, the personal collection on interior decorator Mario Buatta, known as the Prince of Chintz reportedly sold for $7.6 million. There were 922 items in total and they ranged the prices of the items ranged from $125 to a whopping $212,500.
Among the items that were sold was a quirky wooden sign that read Mario Buatta/Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a 1928 painting of Paris by Russian-emigre artist Yuri Annenkov among many others. According to Sotheby’s head of English and European furniture, Dennis Harrington, this particular auction was one of the longest decorative art sales in recent years. He also added that during the auction there were some shocked faces when it came to the final price of some of the auction items.
The Mario Buatta 24-hour auction at Sotheby’s totaled $7.6 million: more than 2.6 times the pre sale high estimate.— Jura Koncius (@JuraKoncius) January 25, 2020
Reportedly a total of 1,200 bidders participated in the auction and the total amount all the items sold for was 2.5 times what the auction house had estimated. One particular piece, a 174-piece set of Buccellati silver and bamboo flatware was priced at $5,000-$7,000 and finally sold at $93,750.
Mario Buatta was an America interior decorator who was born on October 20, 1935, and passed away on October 15, 2018. Mario attended Curtis High School, Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design. Over his career, he designed interiors for a lot of high profile clients like Mariah Carey, Henry Ford II, Malcolm Forbes, Barbara Walters, Nelson Doubleday, Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr., Charlotte Ford, and Billy Joel.